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Family comes before president, says Trump lawyer

06 July 2018
Family comes before president, says Trump lawyer

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room in April as part of a probe into his business dealings. In an interview with ABC News, Cohen says he will put his family first.

Mueller's investigation into Russian ties to the 2016 Trump campaign has resulted in charges against some of his closest advisers, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and ex-campaign officials Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos.

A day later, the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into his personal business dealings.

Napolitano said "no good can come from" Cohen speaking directly to the media while he's the target of a federal probe.

Ch-ch-check out a report on Cohen's interview (below).

Trump said in April that "most people will flip" if the government lets them be out of trouble, but he didn't see Cohen doing that. The White House has denied any affair. Since then, many have speculated that Cohen would soon be indicted and could provide investigators with damaging information on Trump. Petrillo used to work in the same office that is investigating him, a move that gives Cohen a wide range of options. "I'm struggling here. Please help me out, '" Payne said.

Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen has had it with the visibility and comments from attorney Michael Avenatti who has him and Trump on blast in reference to his client, Stormy Daniels.

Perhaps more ominously for Trump, Cohen has stopped publicly claiming that the payment to Stormy Daniels was his idea alone.

JOHNSON: Yeah. Remember; Michael Cohen not that long ago was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cohen added that he is not a "villain of this story" and will "not be a punching bag" as part of anyone's "defense strategy".

Cohen, who worked for Trump over the past decade, is the focus of an investigation in the Southern District of NY into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes. He hired a guy with connections to the USA attorney's office in Manhattan, which is investigating him.

"If they felt that he had failed to fully cooperate, they would have unlimited discretion to refuse to give him credit for cooperating and the district court judge would sentence him as if he had not cooperated", he continued.

In Washington, Mueller also has been examining Cohen's role in at least two episodes involving Russian interests.

After this assumption of duty is complete, it will void the joint defense agreement between Cohen and Trump, which had allowed their legal representatives to share documents and information, and may also possibly untie Cohen's hands.

Cohen refused to criticize U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and he condemned Russian Federation for interfering in the election, the ABC report said. Cohen responded that if he is charged with anything, he would defer to Petrillo for advice.

Cohen said his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, would provide guidance on those decisions.

Cohen was asked if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their probe. Concerned that those revelations might jeopardize Trump's chances of winning, Cohen established an LLC in Delaware - Essential Consultants - to funnel $130,000 to Daniels in exchange for her silence.

He also refused to answer questions directly about the investigation, telling Stephanopoulos he respects the prosecutors and did not want to do or say anything that might interfere. But Cohen told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos that he respects the prosecutors and the process.

"I'm not going to weigh in to this issue and I refer you to outside counsel", she said.

Stephanopoulos said that in several instances, Mr Cohen broke with Mr Trump in characterising the federal investigations.

"I don't like the term witch hunt", Cohen added.