Cohen said maybe someday he will share that information.
The president denies there was any such affair, and that he knew about the payment made by Cohen. "He wouldn't have to do this complicated dance in the media".
Cohen was Trump's self-described fixer and a key player in the Trump Organization for more than a decade, regularly berating reporters and threatening lawsuits against anyone who posed a challenge to his boss. "The president asked him to do things that lawyers don't typically do". Petrillo used to work in the same office that is investigating him, a move that gives Cohen a wide range of options.
The possibility that Cohen could flip and testify against the president has been a matter of speculation for several months. "I'm struggling here. Please help me out, '" Payne said.
The FBI agents reportedly sought documents regarding Cohen's communications with Trump, based on a referral from Mueller that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved after the USA attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, a Trump appointee, recused himself from the case.
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. "It makes complete sense in the world where Michael Cohen flips". "Its clear to me that Michael Cohen's loyalty still lies with the president", Avenatti said.
Cohen is under investigation in the Southern District of NY for possible bank and wire fraud, as well as campaign finance violations.
After a decade in private practice, Petrillo returned to the USA attorney's office in January 2008 and, until October 2009, was chief of the criminal division, where he had broad oversight of all investigations. The court-appointed special master overseeing the review of material for attorney-client privileged information said it could be completed as soon as June 25. But the hand-over of the vast majority of the documents taken in the raids marks an important milestone as Manhattan prosecutors weigh whether to charge Cohen. But Cohen has since hired Guy Petrillo, the former leader of the criminal division at the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which is the U.S. Attorney's office now pursuing Cohen.
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. Cohen responded that if he is charged with anything, he would defer to Petrillo for advice. Cohen's comments that Stormy Daniels' lawyer is small potatoes simply isn't true.More news: Gareth Southgate's penalty redemption has been expertly captured by this artist
During the interview, Cohen declined to discuss specifics of particular cases and offered circumspect responses to some questions.
Mariotti, the former federal prosecutor, said that a defense lawyer "wouldn't end an agreement like that unless they had a good reason".
'I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back, ' he added. Cohen told ABC News in 2011 that "if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit". The other is the $130,000 Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to keep her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump, one of the topics key to the NY criminal investigation into Cohen.
'I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way, ' he told ABC News. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents". "I respect the prosecutors, I respect the process".
In his interview with ABC News, Cohen finally broke with Trump, saying he would "put family and country first" when considering what he should do regarding that criminal investigation. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents".
He also told ABC he did not agree with Trump's recent tweet repeating Vladimir Putin's claim that Russian Federation did not interfere in the election.
But Avenatti isn't exactly a fan of Cohen either, as he is calling the Trump advocate "dumb", says Newsweek.
"If this is about "love of country" as Mr. Cohen claims, then he should come clean NOW", Avenatti said Monday night. "I choose to believe our intelligence agencies".