– Rob Reiner (@robreiner)@GStephanopoulosjust broke that Michael Cohen is no longer going to “take a bullet” for Trump. “That is possible, but it would be very stupid on POTUS’s part”.
President Trump has been putting distance between himself and Cohen ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized documents from Cohen’s home and office back in April.
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”.
Cohen was asked if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their probe.
The disgraced former lawyer to US President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has indicated he will trade the remains of his loyalty to Trump for his family and country’s interests, pledging full cooperation with the Russian Federation probe.
For the first time, Cohen also hinted that he had information on Trump’s involvement in two key issues of interest to federal prosecutors. While he has not been interviewed by the Mueller team as of yet, he has already provided some documents to the special prosecutor’s office.
Petrillo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Toobin added that if Cohen cooperates with authorities, that could affect the Russian Federation investigation as well, which is separate from the federal probe into his business dealings. “My wife, my son and my daughter have my first loyalty and always will”, he confirmed. While there he overlapped with Robert Khuzami, the deputy United States attorney overseeing the Cohen raid.
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.
If Cohen truly wanted to cooperate with prosecutors as he said in the interview, he would not be doing an interview. Mueller might expect Cohen to be able to testify, for example, about whether anyone in the Trump campaign ever encouraged foreign nationals linked to Russian hackers to publicize emails stolen from Hillary Clinton – conduct that could be criminal. Cohen is now under investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan as well as special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I don’t like the term witch hunt”, Mr. Cohen said about the Mueller investigation. He would be required to plead guilty to crime (s) that might lead to 10 years or more in jail. “If they want information on Trump, he’s willing to give it”.
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 Trump over the last decade.
Stephanopoulos notes, “After months of silence, Cohen seemed relieved to be telling more of his story”. So a pardon might not keep Cohen out of prison. Cohen is likely to know a lot about how the foundation worked.
TMZ says that Michael Cohen has now turned to name-calling, saying that Avenatti is a “small-town carnival magician” who needs to be ordered to stop talking about the case.