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Michael Cohen Interview: 'My Silence Is Broken!'

Former Trump lawyer sits down for ABC interview
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2018 5:14 AM CDT
Updated Jul 2, 2018 6:21 AM CDT
In this May 30, 2018 fphoto, attorney Michael Cohen arrives at a New York courthouse.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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(Newser) – President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, who once said he would do anything to protect the president, says in an ABC News interview that he now puts "family and country first." Michael Cohen also told George Stephanopoulos that he would defer to his new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, if federal prosecutors charge him with anything in their investigation, per the AP. 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." His first in-depth interview suggests Cohen is willing to cooperate with Robert Mueller, reports ABC News.

"My wife, my daughter, and my son have my first loyalty and always will," Cohen said. "I put family and country first." Cohen was Trump's longtime fixer and a key player in the Trump Organization. He spoke to Stephanopoulos in an off-camera interview over the weekend and the details were released on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday. Earlier, Cohen tweeted a photo of the interview, writing, "My silence is broken!" FBI agents raided Cohen's home, office, and hotel room in April as part of a probe into his business dealings. Trump said last month that he hasn't spoken to Cohen in "a long time" and that he is "not my lawyer anymore." (Read more Michael Cohen stories.)

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