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Michael Cohen Suggests He Could Cooperate With Mueller Probe

Michael Cohen Suggests He Could Cooperate With Mueller Probe

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.

"Some people are speculating that this is Michael Cohen making a final threat/plea to POTUS for a pardon", Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant USA attorney for the District of New Jersey, told Business Insider.

Yet some have pointed out that if Cohen were actually interested in cooperating with the feds, the proper course of conduct would have been to have his attorney contact the prosecutors on the case, rather than do an on-the-record interview with one of the most famous journalists in the world.

Mr Stephanopoulos said he asked Mr Cohen repeatedly if he was considering co-operating with prosecutors in their probe, and he responded that if he is charged with anything he would defer to his new lawyer in the case, Guy Petrillo, for advice.

The shift in legal strategy and signals of potential cooperation with investigators come as Cohen feels increasingly isolated from the President, whom he has been famously loyal to for more than a decade.

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"He knows a lot of things about the President and he's not averse to talking in the right situation", CNN quoted one of Cohen's NY friends as saying. "If Michael Cohen has damaging criminal information about POTUS/Manafort/Jared Kushner/Donald Jr., this would be a disaster for them".

Cohen is standing on the edge of a precipice, and in my assessment he's beginning to understand the value of his decades' worth of knowledge regarding the President and the Trump Organization: that it may now hold the keys to his freedom.

In April, he tweeted: "I will always protect my POTUS".

Judicial Watch first sought "any and all records of correspondence and communications between the office of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the office of special counsel Robert Mueller concerning, regarding, or relating to the April 9, 2018, raids on the office and hotel room of Michael Cohen" on April 12.

Among other things, investigators are looking into a $130,000 payment he handled as part of a confidentiality agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

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Trump has alternately defended Cohen, expressed outrage over a raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the lawyer's office in April and distanced himself from the man who previously said he would take a bullet for Trump. Cohen said that he couldn't comment on the advice of counsel, but noted that he has respect for those involved.

"I want to answer. I respect the process", Cohen told Stephanopoulos.

"I don't like the term 'witch hunt, '" Cohen said, taking issue with the way Trump has characterized Mueller's investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. And Cohen also says this probe of Russian election interference by the special counsel Robert Mueller is not a witch hunt. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", Cohen said. And the President previously tried to clarify that Cohen, "did a tiny, tiny percentage of work for me". He also told Vanity Fair, "I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president", adding, "I'd never walk away". I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", he said, going on to note that when his home and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, "it was obviously upsetting to me and my family.

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