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Trump ex-lawyer hints could flip against USA president

Trump ex-lawyer hints could flip against USA president

Cohen said his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, would provide guidance on those decisions.

The interview fueled speculation that Cohen is preparing to "flip" and cooperate with prosecutors.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, who once said he would do anything to protect the president, told ABC News in an interview released Monday that he now puts "family and country first".

Judicial Watch also sought on April 12 the FBI's search and seizure warrant and its application, along with "all records about the recusal of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman from the Michael Cohen investigation". "That is possible, but it would be very stupid on POTUS's part".

Back in April, Cohen's home and office were both raided in connection to a federal investigation into wire fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations.

Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom thinks that the reason Michael Cohen is publicly changing his defense strategy on Good Morning America and vowing to put his "family and country first" is that he wants to make his former boss "grovel" and pay his legal fees. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos sat down with the former Trump fixer for a 45-minute discussion.

"My wife, my daughter, and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen said. Those indicted include Trump's first campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Cohen hired a new attorney, Guy Petrillo, in June.

"He feels let down by him and isolated by him", another friend of Cohen's told CNN. She suggested instead that President Donald Trump has everything to do with it.

Cohen is protected by the Fifth Amendment from having to testify about anything at this point, Epner added, saying there are three possibilities for Cohen moving forward. 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). Cohen says he's exhausted of Avenatti using the First Amendment as an excuse for his numerous television appearances and social media posts.

But the Cohen probe, being overseen by the Manhattan federal prosecutors' office, reportedly derived from material gathered by Mueller's team. "Even under these circumstances, POTUS would have nothing to immediately fear from Michael Cohen".

Cohen did not praise the president during our conversation - and pointedly disagreed with Trump's criticism of the federal investigations. There's been no indication that he's been in contact with prosecutors about his client cooperating.

"If they felt that he had failed to fully cooperate, they would have unlimited discretion to refuse to give him credit for cooperating and the district court judge would sentence him as if he had not cooperated", he continued. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it". The Trump lawyer says that Avenatti is "pulling the First Amendment out of his tiny bag of tricks".

"I'm not gonna answer questions on this topic and would refer you to the President's outside counsel", she said.

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. "If Michael Cohen refused to testify before the grand jury, he could be jailed for the rest of the term of the grand jury (up to 18 months) until he testified". There's no way to know for sure because Cohen has not been charged with anything.

Mr Cohen was also asked how he might respond if the president or his legal team came after him and tried to discredit the work he did for Mr Trump over the last decade.