Cohen spoke with ABC News at a Manhattan hotel, speaking at length to the media for the first time since the feds raided his properties in April. While he hasn’t been charged with a crime, investigators are looking at his business dealings and possible election law violations – likely including the $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, which the president denies.
The raid stirred rampant speculation that Cohen could be pressed to provide damaging information on Trump, whom he has fiercely represented for years. ABC News reported Monday that Cohen, in the interview, signaled his willingness to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and New York federal prosecutors, even if it puts Trump at risk.
“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told ABC. “I put family and country first.”
It’s not clear whether Cohen has information that could help Mueller’s investigation on possible collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. Trump has denied wrongdoing and repeatedly derided the probe as a “witch hunt.” Further, he has publicly said Cohen would not make up “stories” and “flip.”