Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney and business partner to President Donald Trump, spoke out in an interview with Good Morning America Monday.
"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Monday.
There is also talk that Cohen may cooperate with investigators against Trump in Robert Mueller's investigation especially after it came to light that his former friend and he have not talked for a while.
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He said: "We have made progress but huge and serious divergence remains, in particular on Ireland and Northern Ireland". United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May has said that after this date, Britain will no longer be a member of the EU.
In answer to the question of whether he expected Trump to turn on him, he said: "I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy". One day I will answer.
"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. "But for now I can't comment further" based on advice from his own attorney.
Stephanopoulos said that in several instances, Cohen broke with Trump in characterizing the federal investigations. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room in April as part of a probe into his business dealings. "I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way". Last fall in an interview with Vanity Fair, he said: "I'm the guy who stops the leaks". "When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family".
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According to Stephanopoulos, Cohen also repeated his previous denials of personal involvement with Russian attempts to interfere in the US election.
Again and again, Cohen refused declare fealty to Trump.
He said he was "the guy who protects the president and the family" and "the guy who would take a bullet for the president".
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