Fixer says I will not be a punching bag as part of anyones defense strategy as his lawyer attempts gag order on Stormy Daniels attorney
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, will set” family and country first” as investigations continue into his work for the president, including a payment to an adult film star who claims to have had an affair with Trump.
Cohen's statements, in an off-camera interview with ABC's Good Morning America, will intensify speculation that he may be prepared to ” flip” and cooperate with both prosecutors in New York and investigators looking into Russian election interference and alleged collusion between Trump aides and Moscow.
Cohen separately demanded on Monday afternoon, via documents filed in court in New York, that Stormy Daniels's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, be made the subject of a judicial gag order, accusing him of running a smear campaign against him.
Cohen has frequently been aggressive towards reporters working on stories about Trump. He said last September he was ” the guy who would take a bullet for the president” and would” never walk away “.
But speaking to George Stephanopoulos in the ABC interview, conducted on Saturday at a hotel in New York City, he said:” My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first .”
In answer to the question of whether he expected Trump to turn on him, Cohen said:” I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy. I am not a scoundrel of this story, and I will not permit others to try to depict me that style .”
Cohen's home and offices were raided by FBI agents in April, and files seized, after a referral from Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating matters related to Russia and the Trump campaign. On Monday, national courts released to the government 1.3 m documents not designated” privileged, partly privileged or highly personal “. According to a court document, the Trump Organization was reviewing 22,633 remaining items, with a deadline of Thursday.