Michael Cohen Suggests He Could Cooperate With Mueller Probe


In an interview with ABC News, Cohen acknowledged that he soon could face criminal charges in an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of his finances and business dealings.

On Monday, a special master turned over to the government more than 1.3 million items that were seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from Cohen's NY home, office and hotel room in April.

"When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family", he continued.

In Michael Cohen's first interview since federal agents raided his home and hotel room as part of a probe into his personal business dealings, he was asked what he would do if prosecutors forced him to choose between protecting the president and protecting his family.

It's not clear whether Cohen has information that could help Mueller's investigation on possible collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice.

Petrillo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Potential witnesses are said to "flip" when they go from being targets of a criminal investigation to entering some kind of deal with prosecutors in which they agree to cooperate in exchange for a reduction in charges or sentencing. "I respect the process", Cohen told Stephanopoulos.

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Trump has denied the affair but Cohen directed that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, be paid $130,000 just before the November 2016 election to ensure her silence. "Exiting a joint defense agreement generally means you are leaving them behind and your cooperation is now focused on the United States government".

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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". "This Fifth Amendment protection would continue even if Michael Cohen were to be indicted by the SDNY or special counsel Mueller's team".

The FBI seized documents and files as part of investigations by federal prosecutors in NY stemming in part from a referral by the US special counsel's office looking into possible coordination between Trump 2016 campaign aides and Russian Federation.

Cohen did not specifically comment on what is under investigation.

Cohen was asked if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their probe. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it". This apparent head-scratcher has led some to wonder if Cohen's overture is therefore simply a veiled attempt to ask Trump for a pardon (which Trump seems to be fond of doing as of late).

President Trump said he will soon pick a nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from the same list of people he announced during his election campaign, and from which he chose his first justice, Neil Gorsuch.

"In that case, Michael Cohen would no longer have a Fifth Amendment right to avoid testimony", Epner said.

This follows Thursday's tweet in which Cohen stated: "My family & I are owed an apology".

Second, we saw from the handling of documents seized from Cohen that very little of his work is protected by attorney-client privilege.

The attorney who once faithfully said he would "take a bullet" for Donald Trump now says his family will come first when it comes to legal matters and potentially flipping on the president.