Trump's former personal lawyer says his 'silence is broken'

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders would not comment on whether the president was concerned about the possibility Cohen would strike a deal with prosecutors. Trump said a few weeks ago that he "always liked Michael Cohen", though adding he hadn't spoken to him "in a long time". "But for now, I can't comment further on advice of my counsel".

Bloom was not alone in her assessment of Cohen's motives.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"I think he wanted to signal to the president 'I need help". But don't try and convince me at this point that he deserves the benefit of the doubt any more than any of the people with whom he used to work, let alone the guy for whom he used to run errands.

The issue of when and whether porn actress Stephanie Clifford was paid is important because if the payment was meant to be "hush money" - aimed at keeping her from speaking publicly about the alleged affair - and it was made during the 2016 election campaign, federal law requires that it be reportedly publicly.

The bulk transfer was reported by court-appointed special master Barbara Jones who has been reviewing the material to determine if any of it should be withheld from authorities as privileged communications between attorney and client.

It's not clear what evidence, if any, Cohen may have to offer the government about others including Trump. Cohen has not been charged with any wrongdoing but his attorneys have been combing through 3.7 million files and hundreds of encrypted messages that were swept up in the raid.

In Washington, Mueller also has been examining Cohen's role in at least two episodes involving Russian interests.

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Stephanopoulos said he asked Cohen if he had any regrets about how he has handled any of the matters under investigation.

Petrillo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Stephanopoulos, for example, said he asked Mr Cohen if Mr Trump had directed him to make a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence. "If not, it will be obvious he lied to the public in an effort to paint himself as a good guy", he said.

Appearing on CNN Tuesday morning, Avenatti said the interview between Cohen and Stephanopoulos was "in large part, a big nothing-burger". Trump has denied her allegations. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", Cohen said, rejecting the notion of a 'witch hunt, ' Trump's favorite name to call the protracted 'Russiagate'. In April, investigators raided his home and office. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents". I respect the process. "I would prefer not to be in this situation at all, obviously". "Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional". I thanked them for their service and as they left. Moscow denies interfering in the US election and Trump denies collusion by his campaign, describing the probe as a political witch hunt.

It was a stark contrast for a man who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump and always remain loyal.

Cohen declined to say whether Trump knew about the meeting before it happened, citing the advice of his lawyer.

According to Stephanopoulos, Cohen also repeated his previous denials of personal involvement with Russian attempts to interfere in the US election. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies'. unanimous conclusions", Cohen said, without explicitly stating that Donald Trump had denied such an occurrence. In a statement released in February, he confirmed making the payment but said, "Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly".

"I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back".

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