President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been the target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the supposed Trump/Russia collusion investigation. Mr. Cohen has been legally manhandled by Mueller in what is seen by many observers as an attempt to turn Cohen against the President. After this interview, some talking heads think that they see a signal to Mueller that Cohen is ready to cooperate. Is that what you see?
As Written and Reported By Katie Bo Williams and Morgan Chalfant for The Hill:
Michael Cohen has legal tongues wagging after a new interview in which he appears to give the signal that he could flip on President Trump and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer and “fixer” to Trump, once professed that he would “take a bullet for the president.”
But in an interview released Monday by ABC News, he appeared to be singing a different tune.
“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
More significant, legal analysts say, is the revelation that Cohen has withdrawn from a joint defense agreement with the president. This suggests that his new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, believes that Cohen’s and Trump’s interests are no longer aligned.
Ending the agreement doesn’t mean Cohen has “flipped,” but his withdrawal is perhaps the most concrete symbol that he is weighing either pleading guilty or cooperating with prosecutors, say legal experts.
“Short of a posting on eBay, Cohen could not be more clear in his pitch to Mueller,” said Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor and contributor to The Hill. “It was abundantly clear that he used this interview to remove any doubts as to his willingness to cooperate with…..
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