"I don't like the term 'witch hunt, '" Mr Cohen said, taking issue with the way Mr Trump has spoken about Mr Mueller's investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election and possible co-ordination between the Mr Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Cohen also declined to criticize Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who searched his home, hotel room and office in NY, as Trump has done.
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.
"It's not so. He's not cooperating nor do we care because the president did nothing wrong", he said. She also reports that Cohen has been planning a big media push for some time - this is just the beginning. On the other hand, if Cohen wants to cooperate, Petrillo would be well connected to get him the best deal possible. Instead, it sparked a furious effort to distance the president from his one-time lawyer and undermine Cohen's credibility. Despite his title as Trump's personal counsel, the person said that Cohen had been seen internally as a minimally competent lawyer who too nakedly craved the approval of his boss. His attorneys have advised him to stop talking about the case, Cohen explained, and so he's not commenting at all.
Cohen is protected by the Fifth Amendment from having to testify about anything at this point, Epner added, saying there are three possibilities for Cohen moving forward. "I respect the process", he said.
George Stephanopoulos's interview with President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen should panic the president.
Russia's deal with OPEC on crude supply starting to look straightforward
Trump also tweeted on the topic two weeks ago saying he hoped OPEC would increase production in an effort to keep prices down. OPEC, together with a group of non-OPEC producers led by Russian Federation , reduced output in 2017 to prop up the market.
Mr Cohen has in the past said that payment was made on his own initiative, but in the ABC interview, he said he could not comment on the advice of his lawyer.
"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy", now-unleashed Cohen told Stephanopoulos. Cohen responded, "I want to answer". "And I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the president signal some public signs of support to Michael Cohen to try to quell some of his concerns, because obviously the pressure is tightening up on him". In April, investigators raided his home and office. Under a court supervised plan, the attorneys are reviewing the fruits of the searches for items that are potentially covered by attorney-client privilege.
Cohen has not yet been charged with any crimes. The Enquirer also gave Cohen sign-off power on stories about Trump before they ran, according to The Washington Post.
If there's one thing that must give a shady businessman or corrupt politician sleepless nights it's the knowledge that his attorney is about to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a case against him.
Cohen hired a new attorney, Guy Petrillo, in June. "This Fifth Amendment protection would continue even if Michael Cohen were to be indicted by the SDNY or special counsel Mueller's team".
The range of topics on which Cohen could offer prosecutors is potentially jaw-dropping.
"Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance", Cohen told ABC News. But in the ABC News interview, he said he couldn't comment on advice of his lawyer.