Michael Cohen’s new lawyer announced Tuesday evening that his client has made a “declaration of independence” from President Trump and will no longer be defending the president in any investigation.
Attorney Lanny Davis announced to the public Tuesday morning that Cohen’s remarks to ABC News’ George Stephanopolous during an interview in early July were not a plea to get Trump to pay his legal bills but rather a declaration of separation.
“There’s a reason that he said at the very end of the interview with Mr. Stephanopoulos that he took these contrary positions to Mr. Trump, who he previously said he would take a bullet for, a comment that I believe he would not say today,” Davis argued during the interview.
“The reason he said is, ‘I will not be a punching bag as part of somebody else’s defense strategy,'” Davis continued. “This was a declaration of independence two days before July 4.”
Davis, who formerly served as President Clinton’s special counsel during the late 1990s, was hired on by Cohen last week.
Cohen, who has a long history with Trump serving as his personal fixer for several decades, informed Stephanopoulos last week that his “first loyalty” lies with his family, not the president.
“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen said. “I put family and country first.”
Cohen is currently under federal investigation in New York for a number of alleged financial crimes and he was recently no-knock raided for documents by FBI agents working under special counsel Robert Mueller, who is spearheading the Russian probe.
Rumors of Cohen flipping have been circling Washington for weeks with many speculating that he will work with Mueller’s probe to recuse himself.
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