Will Michael Cohen flip on Trump? The key questions answered

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Michael Cohen: "My Silence is Broken"

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. Cohen had been represented by attorneys with the law firm McDermott Will and Emery after the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized records from his home, office, and hotel, but he has since retained a new lawyer, Guy Petrillo. But in the ABC News interview, he said he couldn't comment on advice of his lawyer.

In his first in-depth interview since the raid, Cohen did not praise Trump, pointedly disagreed with his criticism of the federal investigations and separated himself from the president, ABC News reported.

"My silence is broken!"

The former executive vice president of the Trump Organization also pushed back on Trump's characterization of the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and said he accepted the "unanimous conclusions" reached by US intelligence agencies indicating that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

He said once he understands what charges will be filed, if any, he'll defer to his new counsel, Guy Petrillo. "One day I will answer", he said. Cohen's residence, office and hotel room were raided by federal officials in April, and he's now under investigation for his business practices as well as potential campaign finance law violations.

Cohen first tweeted about the TV interview Sunday night, writing: "Spent Saturday afternoon with @GStephanopoulos @abc (not on camera) interview for Monday's @GMA".

"Ending the joint defense agreement with POTUS and the Trump Organization makes no sense in the world where Michael Cohen is going to fight", he told Business Insider.

In the interview, Mr. Cohen praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite describing the past year as "difficult, upsetting and unpleasant".

Asked about how he would respond to Trump's legal defense attempting to discredit his work, Cohen said that he wouldn't be "a punching bag". "I am not a villain in any story and won't allow others to try and depict me in that way".

Cohen also opted not to directly answer a question about whether or not Trump knew about the payment made to Daniels prior to the 2016 election. Cohen has previously said he acted on his own, with out guidance from Trump.

A day later, the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into his personal business dealings.

It's unclear if the investigation into Cohen is directly related to the ongoing special investigation by Robert Mueller, but Cohen says he denies involvement. "Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional".

Asked again in mid-June, he said, "It's certainly far too early to be thinking about that".

"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", Cohen said, adding that he has not been interviewed by Mueller's team.

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