Michael Cohen's Bombshell "Good Morning America" Interview - Everything You Should Know

Cohen is seen leaving court in April. Speculation is mounting over whether he will cooperate with federal prosecutors as a potential indictment looms over his head

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview when asked where his loyalty now sits.

"To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty", Cohen said during the interview, which took place Saturday at a Manhattan hotel.

"Further, once the Trump Administration submits its designations, any remaining items that are not designated privileged, partially privileged or highly personal will be promptly released to the Government", the filing continues.

Asked whether Trump had prior knowledge of both events, Cohen demurred, saying that he couldn't comment on advice of his counsel.

Mr Cohen's offices had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation the month before following a referral from Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible Russian interference during the 2016 election.

"[Cohen] is going to want to know what charges could be brought against him before he and his new counsel decide when and what to "proffer" to prosecutors", said Stephen Saltzburg, a George Washington University professor of law and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.

Let's not pretend this is the only time Cohen talked like this-or that he probably hasn't gone much farther when dealing with people who don't have a public platform and a recorder at the ready.

Cohen's statements to ABC included, "I will not be a punching bag in anyone else's defense strategy".

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"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.

Stephanopoulos said that in several instances, Cohen broke with Trump in characterizing the federal investigations. "I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way". The raid, he added, "was obviously upsetting to me and my family".

"It's a barely coded message that he is ready to cooperate", said Kendall Coffey, a former US attorney in Miami. Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional.

Known as the president's "fixer", Cohen has been under federal investigation for a $130,000 payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in the days before the 2016 election. "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

The consensus seems to be that Cohen is in fact planning to cooperate with the NY prosecutors investigating his business dealings, or that he is angling for a presidential pardon by signaling to his former boss that his allegiance is conditional. This time Cohen answered, "I want to answer".

Hendon, Petrillo and Cohen's team at McDermott did not respond to TPM's Monday requests for comment. With that said, it appears that Cohen is ready to flip if that's what it will take to protect his family.

"It's hard for me to figure out what his game plan is", he said, emphasizing that the government seized more than one million documents from Cohen and only a few hundred will be shielded through attorney-client privilege.

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