Michael Cohen must be making Donald Trump very nervous right about now

Michael Cohen must be making Donald Trump very nervous right about now

DONALD Trump's former personal lawyer, who is facing potential arrest in NY, has declared his first loyalty is to his family and the country, signalling a willingness to co-operate with prosecutors against the president.

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, according to a story posted Monday morning on the network's website. "And I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the president signal some public signs of support to Michael Cohen to try to quell some of his concerns, because obviously the pressure is tightening up on him".

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.

As a result, Cohen is under investigation for potential campaign finance law violations and a nondisclosure agreement, including a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she was paid the money to keep quiet during the campaign about her alleged affair with Trump more than 10 years ago. This interview will raise speculation that Trump's official "fixer" may be prepared to "flip" and cooperate with both prosecutors in NY and investigators looking into Russian election interference in 2016 and alleged collusion between Trump aides and Moscow.

In April, Trump had tweeted that Michael was a businessman "who I have always liked & respected".

Michael Cohen says his first loyalty is not to President Trump.

"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy", Cohen said.

Ryan will be replaced by NY attorney Guy Petrillo, a veteran of the Manhattan federal prosecutor's office, who could open negotiations on Cohen's behalf with his former colleagues.

Avenatti has a second suit pending in Los Angeles federal court - but it may be removed to Superior Court - on behalf of Daniels against her former attorney, Keith Davidson, and Cohen, alleging the two men "colluded' and acted to "manipulate' her in order to benefit Trump".

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.

Petrillo is a well-respected former prosecutor who has ties to the same U.S. attorney's office that is investigating Cohen.

"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable", he said.

"I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back", he said.

Cohen has famously said he would take a bullet for Trump and he has fashioned himself as Trump's "fixer", willing to help handle situations quietly. "But for now, I can't comment further on advice of my counsel". "If Michael Cohen has damaging criminal information about POTUS/Manafort/Jared Kushner/Donald Jr., this would be a disaster for them".

Cohen said his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, would provide guidance on those decisions. And Cohen also says this probe of Russian election interference by the special counsel Robert Mueller is not a witch hunt.

Cohen vehemently disagreed in his conversation with Stephanopoulos, saying "I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation..."

Cohen refused to criticize U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and he condemned Russian Federation for interfering in the election, the ABC report said. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies'. unanimous conclusions", he said, stopping short, however, of siding with those who accuse Moscow of meddling.

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