Trump's Former Personal Lawyer says He'll Put Family First

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The other is the $130,000 Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to keep her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump, one of the topics key to the NY criminal investigation into Cohen.

The comments were Mr Cohen's first significant remarks to a major media outlet since federal prosecutors in NY raided his home, office and hotel room in April. ("To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty.") In criticizing the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, he suggested he knows quite a bit more than what has publicly been revealed.

Cohen in the past has said that the payment was made on his own initiative.

Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her case against Cohen, was referring to the interview anchor George Stephanopoulos conducted with the embattled Cohen that was released Monday morning.

Trump said last month that he hasn't spoken to Cohen in "a long time" and that he was "not my lawyer anymore".

When I asked Cohen how he might respond if the president or his legal team come after him - to try and discredit him and the work he did for Mr. Trump over the last decade - he sat up straight.

"I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way", he added.

Cohen also pushed back at the President's recent tweet repeating Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, as well. After federal agents first raided Cohen's premises in early April and seized documents, hard drives, and electronic devices, Trump reportedly called Cohen to "check in" and Cohen insisted he'd remain faithful to Trump. "I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president", Cohen said. "I respect the process", he said. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", Cohen said.

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Stephanopoulos said that in several instances, Cohen broke with Trump in characterizing the federal investigations. Cohen is now under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

According to Stephanopoulos, Cohen also repeated his previous denials of personal involvement with Russian attempts to interfere in the USA election.

"I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI", Cohen said. Among those whom Trump has pardoned so far are the rightwing fireband Dinesh D'Souza; discriminatory Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio; and former Dick Cheney aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

And while there was nothing extraordinary said, there were some bombshell comments which appear to indicate the direction he will likely go, in terms of his cooperation with investigators. Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional.

The raid stirred rampant speculation that Cohen could be pressed to provide damaging information on Trump, whom he has fiercely represented for years.

He declined to answer if Trump himself knew about the meeting before it happened, referring to advice from his counsel concerning the federal investigation underway in NY. "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

The former Trump lawyer told Mr. Stephanopoulos that he hoped speaking out would help him achieve "resolution".

"Simply accepting Putin's denial is unsustainable", he continued.

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