Trump’s former lawyer says his family has his ‘first loyalty’

navigate me to exclusive George Stephanopoulos one-on-one with President Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen the president’s so-called fix her who once said I will do anything to protect mr. Trump now telling George he will put country and family Cohen under intense pressure since the FBI raided his home and his office prep signaling his willingness to cooperate with Federal prosecutors use ABC’s Chief news anchor George Stephanopoulos he’s the lawyer and fixer who wants bad he take bullet for his most famous client I will do anything to protect Miss to Trump I’m obviously very loyal and very dedicated to mr. Trump the way I sat down with Michael Cohen in New York this weekend it was clear something has changed Federal prosecutors are breathing down his neck when I asked Cohen what he’ll do if they offer him leniency in return for information on President Trump he was emphatic my wife my daughter and my son have my first loyalty said and they always will I put family and Country first 3 * I pressed him and three times his answer was the same family first phone won’t turn against him tweeting most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble sorry I don’t see Michael doing that but now calling is sending a clear signal to the president prosecutors and the country I will not be a punching bag if anyone’s defense strategy told me I’m not a villain of the story and I will not allow others to try to get pick me that way when is under investigation by the US attorney for the southern district of New York for possible bank and wire fraud digging into his $130,000 hush payment to pornstar Stormy Daniels the president claim to know nothing about it and in the past he acted on his own initiative but now when I asked if the president directed him to pay off the pornstar Cohen head telling me I want to answer one day I will answer but for now I can’t comment further on advice of my counsel in April FBI agents rated Colon’s Home and Office seizing documents and more than a dozen phones and electronic devices or just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys good man and it’s a disgraceful situation told me he doesn’t agree with those who demonizer vilify the FBI adding the agents were respectful courteous and professional I thank them for their service and if they left we shook hands, and also refuse to criticize special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign it’s a Witch Hunt that’s all it is and told me like the term which on NES tough words about that Infamous Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr Jared Kushner and Paul manafort sat down with the Russian lawyer they were told had dirt on Hillary Clinton going cause the meeting a mistake an example of poor judgement when I asked him if Donald Trump knew about the meeting at Advanced colon and only tell me this I can’t comment under advice of my counsel and George George of snow in studio George a very telling interview there but the big question tonight is he trying to send a message definitely that’s part of it strategic sending the messages I said to prosecutors to the president and to the country out there in the press in the public he wanted to tell his story he wanted to send a signal also that he’s becoming his own man and ultimately wants to work for what he calls resolution to this matter lawyer which is very significant for two reasons number one who that lawyer is Guy Petrillo a veteran of the southern district of New York who’s the head of the Criminal Division there so he knows these prosecutors well second-lien this is very very significant comes on board that will Mark The End Of The Joint Defense agreement that Michael Collins lawyers have had with President Trump and his attorneys and their allies of information to share strategies once he comes on board that agreement is going to be over that means to be in a much more adversarial position George Stephanopoulos about exclusive interview tonight George thank you hi everyone George Stephanopoulos here thanks for checking out the ABC News YouTube channel you like to get more video show highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our Channel and don’t forget to download the ABC News at 4 breaking news alerts thanks for watching
Michael Cohen says he won’t be a “punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy”



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