‘Family and country before everything else,’ Trump loyalist Cohen leaves all guessing
New York, July 3: US President Donald Trump might be on the verge of losing yet another friend as his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who also served as a top official at the Trump Organization and reiterated his unshaken loyalty to the former in the past, said in a detailed interview to ABC News recently that he is willing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and federal investigators.
And he is not concerned if his stance put Trump in problem.
Cohen, whose office and residence was raided by the FBI in April, said his family and country mattered more than anything else.
In the interview that took place at a hotel in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday, June 30, Cohen spoke with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos amid speculation that the former could take a position opposite to that of Trump.
Cohen did not praise Trump during the interview that lasted for around 45 minutes and even "potentially disagreed" with the president's criticism of the federal probe, said Stephanopoulos who discussed the interview on 'Good Morning America' on Monday, July 2.
The attorney even said that in case he had to choose between Trump and his family, he would stand by the second.
He said once it becomes clear to him as to what charges might be filed against him, he would defer to his new lawyer Guy Petrillo.
When asked what would be Cohen's response if Trump and his legal team came after him, the 51-year-old said he would not be anybody's "punching bag" nor is he is a "villain of this story" and that he will not allow anybody to show him that way.
Cohen is being investigated for alleged flouting of election law and possible financial offences associated with his personal business. The man found himself in troubled water over allegations that he had paid $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels to make her silent on her alleged affair with Trump a decade ago so that it did not hit his election prospects in 2016. Trump had first denied the allegations but later said that he had reimbursed Cohen the money but still claimed that it had nothing to do with violating electoral campaign laws.