Trump's former personal lawyer says his 'silence is broken'

Trump's former personal lawyer says his 'silence is broken'

Democratic strategist Joel Payne on Tuesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to United States market MORE's former personal attorney Michael Cohen may have been using Monday's ABC News interview to signal to Trump that he needs help.

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.

"As an American, I repudiate Russia's or any other foreign government's attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process, and I would call on all Americans to do the same", Mr Cohen said.

In the new ABC interview, Cohen refused to follow Trump's lead to cast the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a negative light over April's raids on his home, hotel room and office.

Cohen's name has most strongly featured in the Stormy Daniels saga, for making payments to the porn star in in lieu of her silence over an alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

Stephanopoulos, discussing his interview on air Monday, said that Cohen did not praise Trump "at all" during their conversation.

Cohen said that he did not share Trump's animosity toward Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller and did not dismiss the possibility of cooperating with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

He added: "I put family and country first".

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.

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Friends of Cohen's told CNN last month that he has signaled that he is "willing to give" investigators information on the President if that's what they are looking for.

"When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family", Cohen said.

Cohen's shift in stand is triggered by Donald Trump's attempts to distance himself from his former lawyer.

Cohen declined to say whether Trump knew about the meeting before it happened, citing the advice of his lawyer.

Petrillo is a well-respected former prosecutor who has ties to the same USA attorney's office that is investigating Cohen. As has proven true in this entire saga, this case is being tried in the media just as much as its being tried in the courtroom, and I wouldn't be surprised if even Cohen doesn't draw a distinction at this point.

"I don't like the term 'witch hunt, '" Cohen said, taking issue with the way Trump has characterized Mueller's investigation. Cohen told ABC that his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will be decided based on Petrillo's legal advice. "One day I will answer", Cohen told Stephanopoulos on Saturday.

According to Stephanopoulos, Cohen also repeated his previous denials of personal involvement with Russian attempts to interfere in the USA election. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies'. unanimous conclusions", he said, stopping short, however, of siding with those who accuse Moscow of meddling.

Prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters. "It was simply an example of poor judgment".

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