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>> Is Michael Cohen, the man who once said he would take a bullet for Donald Trump about to flip on the US President? That question swirling Monday after Trump's former attorney gave an off-camera interview to ABC News in which he declared his loyalty to his family. And said he would fight back if Trump or his legal team try to discredit him.
Cohen telling ABC, quote, my wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first. Cohen also saying, quote, I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy. I am not a villain of this story and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.
The most important part, says Reuters' legal correspondent, Jan Wolfe, is the revelation that a joint defense agreement between Cohen's lawyers and Trump's lawyers is coming to an end.>> That joint defense agreement allows lawyers to share strategy information documents without sacrificing attorney-client privilege. The end of it signals that Cohen's interests are diverging from the President's interests.
Mike Flynn, the formal national security advisor, made a similar move just days before he agreed to cooperate with the special council.>> Long known as Trump's fixer, Cohen is being investigated for his business dealings, which include possible campaign law violations, linked to the $130,000 payment he made to porn star, Stormy Daniels.
Thousands of documents and files were seized from Cohen, after a referral by the U.S. Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen told ABC News he, quote, respects the FBI. It was Cohen's first in-depth interview since federal prosecutors in April raided his office and his home, adding that he even shook hands with federal agents as they left.
Cohen also disagreed with Trump's labelling the investigation as a witch hunt. And called Vladimir Putin's denial of Russian involvement in the US election quote, unsustainable.