Trump's former attorney, who admitted to paying Stormy Daniels $130,000, breaks his silence for first time since FBI raided his office.
Don Cheadle, Debra Messing, and Rob Reiner took to Twitter to claim the interview as a victory for the left, since Cohen hinted that he may be on the verge of flipping on Trump and cooperating with officials investigating the president.
In his first public interview since the FBI raided his office and home in April, the lawyer opened up about what's most important to him in his life -- and it's not President Trump.
"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will," Cohen said. "I put family and country first."
When Stephanopoulos asked Cohen how he would respond if Trump's legal team targeted him, he reportedly sat up straight to say, "I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy. I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way."
For now, no charges have been filed against Cohen. Read on to see how stars are reacting, so far, to the interview.
Trump's Former Personal Lawyer Says He'll Put Family First | Entertainment News | US News https://t.co/kIiGPdjdTO— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 2, 2018
Michael Cohen is starting to talk. Donald Trump is starting to shit.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 2, 2018
@GStephanopoulosjust broke that Michael Cohen is no longer going to “take a bullet” for Trump. He is putting his family and country first, wants to talk—and will— after he gets his new counsel and he is advised of the most advantageous time #CohenFlips#MorningJoe— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) July 2, 2018
THANK YOU @GStephanopoulos for your incredible reporting and the #BREAKINGNEWS that Michael Cohen is no longer going to “take a bullet” for Trump, that his family and his *country* are his first priority now. He will tell all when he gets his new lawyer and the timing is advised.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) July 2, 2018
7:10am all gathered together to watch George Stephanopoulos ‘s BREAKING NEWS on @GMA that after months of private meetings, Michael Cohen formally shared through George that he will “no longer take a bullet” for POTUS. He now says that his first loyalty is to his wife, children and Country. He wants to and will share all that he knows with the authorities after he attains his new lawyer this week, and is told when it is most advantageous for him to tell the truth. He has CUT TIES with Trumps legal team. He will no longer accept their financial support re his/their legal team. THANK YOU GEORGE. #MichaelCohen #CohenFlips
whoopsie ... https://t.co/Ttd6XXiVTU— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 2, 2018
Countdown to "Michael Cohen wasn't even with me long enough to get coffee. I barely know the guy..."— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) July 2, 2018
Hell knows no fury, like a personal fixer scorned.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) July 2, 2018
Michael Cohen tells @GStephanopoulos, he is no longer willing to “take a bullet” for Trump.
Buy popcorn. 🍿
July 2, 2018, ABC News headline: Michael Cohen: “I put family and country first.” Aug 7, 2015 Politico headline: “Top Trump deputy (Michael Cohen) retweets 'gut her' attack on Megyn Kelly”— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 2, 2018