The disgraced former lawyer to US President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has indicated he will trade the remains of his loyalty to Trump for his family and country's interests, pledging full cooperation with the Russian Federation probe.
On May 2, the watchdog organization sought "all records of communications" between Rosenstein and the USA attorney's office for the Southern District of NY "about Michael Cohen and/or the executed search warrants of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room", plus "all records of communications" between Mueller and the attorney's office "about Michael Cohen and/or the executed search warrants of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room".
But the interview raises new questions about Cohen's allegiance to Trump amid his legal troubles and subsequent isolation from the President's inner circle.
"I respect the prosecutors".
Noting that he is not yet willing to spill all the beans about the hush payment he made to Daniels, Cohen indicated that he is very much looking forward to setting the record straight, but is forced to hold back now, at the advice of his legal counsellor, Guy Petrillo.
Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have said Trump will raise the issue of election meddling with Putin, though Trump's own recent comment make it unclear if that will happen.
Cohen did not offer praise of Trump at any point in the interview, Stephanopoulos said. "I thanked them for their service and, as they left, we shook hands".
Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has hinted that he may spill the president's deepest secrets to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mariotti, the former federal prosecutor, said that a defense lawyer "wouldn't end an agreement like that unless they had a good reason".
"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable", Cohen said.
"It's hard for me to figure out what his game plan is", he said, emphasizing that the government seized more than one million documents from Cohen and only a few hundred will be shielded through attorney-client privilege.
Included in Mueller's investigation is an examination of whether Trump sought to obstruct the inquiry by firing former FBI Director James Comey. 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.
"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defence strategy", Cohen said in the interview, which was taped during the weekend. Petrillo and the Trump lawyer handling Cohen document review have not responded to requests for comment. "As an American, I repudiate Russia's or any other foreign government's attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process". Cohen has previously said he acted on his own, with out guidance from Trump. There's only one clear way for him to do that: Take the John Dean route and become the man who saved America from Donald Trump. He opined that it demonstrated "poor judgment" by those involved. Of course, Trump would know the answer was yes.
And while he admits he's made mistakes in the past - what those mistakes are was not disclosed - Cohen says he is working to regain his reputation. "I choose to believe our intelligence agencies".