Crime

Michael Cohen says ‘first loyalty’ is to family and country

Though he was once considered one of the president’s fiercest and movoted defenders, embattled attorney Michael Cohen revealed in a recent interview that his loyalty belongs elsewhere ahead of potential criminal charges.

“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” he said. “I put family and country first.”

Cohen also opened up on the topic of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which Trump has often referred to as a “witch hunt.”

The president’s former personal lawyer said he disagrees with “those who demonize or vilify” federal investgators.

“I respect the FBI as an institution, as well as their agents,” Cohen said. “When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family. Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional. I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands.”

As for his own role in the campaign and other issues being investigated, he shot back at those who have attempted to make him a “punching bag” in public debate.

“I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.”

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