Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and enforcer goon, seems to be trying very, very hard to cut ties with his former client—a man who he once pledged he would “take a bullet” for.
In his first interview since the FBI seized more than four million documents from his office and home, Cohen tried to put as much distance as possible between himself and Trump, according to ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos:
Cohen is under investigation for “alleged violations of election law and possible financial crimes associated with his personal business dealings” amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sweeping investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential involvement with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen, who not yet been charged, has hired former federal prosector Guy Petrillo as his defense lawyer and signaled that he is cooperating with the investigation. “I would not do or say anything that might be perceived as interfering with their professional review of the evidence and the facts,” he said.
Doing so would involve breaking his dogged loyalty to Trump, however. From ABC:
But when I pointed out to Cohen that he wasn’t repeating past vows to “take a bullet” and “do anything” to protect the president, the longtime Trump loyalist left little doubt about where he stands now, saying simply: “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty.”
He has a different mission, now: “I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back,” he said. You’ve got a long, never-ending, pothole-ridden road ahead of you, bud.