Trump's former personal lawyer says he now puts 'family and country first'

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[.] In his first in-depth interview since the FBI raided his office and homes in April, Cohen strongly signaled his willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY - even if that puts President Trump in jeopardy.

Appearing on CNN Tuesday morning, Avenatti said the interview between Cohen and Stephanopoulos was "in large part, a big nothing-burger". The raids were related to Mueller's probe into allegations of collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian interests seeking to influence the outcome of the US presidential election.

'I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back, ' he added.

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"Under these circumstances, Michael Cohen would waive his Fifth Amendment rights on all subjects related to either investigation", Epner said.

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told Stephanopoulos. She is here now.

Judicial Watch announced its lawsuit the same day ABC News aired an exclusive interview with Cohen, which it billed as Cohen's "first in-depth interview since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office and homes in April".

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Cohen for alleged violations of election law and possible financial crimes. Daniels filed a separate defamation suit against Trump in NY, alleging the president libeled her by saying she lied about a man she claims threatened her to force her to keep quiet about the alleged affair with Trump. But Cohen made a different choice. When he actually sends somebody up, come talk to me. In a statement released in February, he confirmed making the payment but said, "Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly".

JOHNSON: Yeah. This was a little jarring because of course Michael Cohen had been on the record as promising once to take a bullet for Donald Trump. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos sat down with the former Trump fixer for a 45-minute discussion.

Michael Cohen says his first loyalty is not to President Trump. He said he would not become a punching bag for anyone.

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Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump. Cohen has previously said he acted on his own, with out guidance from Trump.

The President's legal team also declined to comment. At that meeting, campaign officials sat down with Russians who were promising dirt on Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton.

Cohen said he had provided documents to the special counsel's office but had not been interviewed by Mueller's team, ABC said. You've touched on the Russian Federation probe.

Because of that possibility, Epner said a presidential pardon for Cohen would actually "increase the risk to" Trump that Cohen would flip on him.

Cohen split with the president in an interview with ABC News, breaking his silence on the criminal investigation he's at the center of. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents". He said he respects the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional".

"I don't like the term 'witch hunt, '" Cohen was quoted as saying.

KELLY: That absolutely is - fascinating. OK. "But I can tell you it is outstandingly aggressive".

It is no secret in white collar criminal defense circles that defendants looking to "cut a deal", or get a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, often hire a former Assistant United States Attorney from the prosecuting office. "If Michael Cohen testified before the grand jury, POTUS would not know the content of that testimony". American Lawyer magazine said that Cohen's legal career is over. He hired a guy with connections to the US attorney's office in Manhattan, which is investigating him. There's no sign that's happening yet, but it could be in the works. There would have to be meetings, face-to-face meetings with prosecutors and an assessment of his credibility.

KELLY: NPR's Carrie Johnson, thanks so much.

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