Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney of Donald Trump and a former executive vice president of the Trump Organization, has professed his loyalty to Trump, but he admitted in an interview with ABC News that other things come first.
“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in the interview, held Saturday evening in Manhattan. “I put family and country first.”
Stephanopoulos notes in the report that the question of whether Cohen might flip on Trump has been “the subject of intense speculation.”
The report notes that Trump has weighed in on the subject, tweeting in April that “most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that.”
Stephanopoulos adds: “When I asked Cohen directly what he would do if prosecutors forced him to choose between protecting the president and protecting his family, he said his family is ‘my first priority.’”
The report also quotes Cohen saying: “Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance.”