President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, who in the past has steadfastly maintained that he would take a bullet for him, has just “told ABC News he will ‘put family and country,’ ahead of any loyalty to the president.”
Cohen also broke with the president on his criticism of Mueller’s investigation — which Trump has labeled a “witch hunt” — and on his overall criticism of the FBI and Justice Department. The president’s longtime attorney and fixer told Stephanopoulos that “I don’t like the term witch hunt” and that “I don’t agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI.”
He also condemned Russia for its efforts aimed at interfering in the 2016 presidential election, steps that the U.S. intelligence community has said the Kremlin took with the intention of aiding Trump’s campaign and hindering that of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Cohen’s comments were a sharp departure from Trump, who has been hesitant to criticize Russia for its efforts and has spoken warmly of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly denied to Trump that his nation was involved in the 2016 election at all.
“As an American, I repudiate Russia’s or any other foreign government’s attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process, and I would call on all Americans to do the same,” Cohen said. “Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable.”