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

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But 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.

Mr Cohen also declined to criticise Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who searched his home, hotel room and office in NY, as Mr Trump has done.

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. "I put family and country first". Investigators are also looking into a $130,000 payment made as part of a confidentiality agreement with porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which Trump denies. Whether it's pushing Trump to exercise presidential pardon power, pay off legal fees, or threatening to flip, it all adds up to "mak [ing] Trump grovel", she said.

Cohen, a longtime Trump aide who was previously an executive vice president in The Trump Organization, became the subject of intense government scrutiny in April following Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on his home, his office, and a hotel room where he worked. "But I can't comment now on the advice of my counsel", he said.

In Monday's report to the court, Jones said an additional 22,633 items seized from Cohen were still being reviewed by the Trump Organization to determine if any of that material should be excluded as privileged.

Cohen was asked if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their probe. It's of course one of the things being examined by the special counsel Robert Mueller.

"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. "One day I will answer", Mr Cohen told Stephanopoulos.

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On May 2, the watchdog organization sought "all records of communications" between Rosenstein and the US attorney's office for the Southern District of NY "about Michael Cohen and/or the executed search warrants of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room", plus "all records of communications" between Mueller and the attorney's office "about Michael Cohen and/or the executed search warrants of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room".

In a Fox News interview previous year, Mr. Cohen declared: "I will do anything to protect Mr. Trump".

Cohen, who worked for Trump over the past decade, is the focus of an investigation in the Southern District of NY into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes. Does the fact that he is talking at least to ABC News - does that lead us to any kind of knowledge on whether he might cooperate with the government, with prosecutors? Cohen told ABC that his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will be decided based on Petrillo's legal advice.

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

Mueller's investigation into Russian ties to the 2016 Trump campaign has resulted in charges against some of his closest advisers, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and ex-campaign officials Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos.

"I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way", he told ABC News. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies'. unanimous conclusions".

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

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