In a stunning Monday morning interview with Good Morning America, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen said he puts “family and country” first — a far cry from a previous claim by the president’s fixer that he’d take a bullet for him.
Immediately, speculation began to stir that Trump’s heavily-scrutinized personal lawyer may have already flipped on the president.
“Is Michael Cohen singing a new tune on cooperating with feds?” CNN’s Jeff Zeleny mused after the George Stephanopoulos interview aired.
Is Michael Cohen singing a new tune on cooperating with feds? “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty,” Trump’s longtime fixer tells @GStephanopoulos
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 2, 2018
National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss, meanwhile, noted the most important aspects of the Cohen interview, including that he will no longer be sharing documents with the president’s legal team.
“Tick tock,” the lawyer wrote.
Key takeaways so far from Cohen’s talk to @GStephanopoulos —
No more joint defense agreement with Trump.
Cohen declined to answer if Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting in advance
Cohen changed his tune and made clear his loyalty is to his family, not Trump.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) July 2, 2018
Check out more responses below:
Hell knows no fury, like a personal fixer scorned.
Michael Cohen tells @GStephanopoulos, he is no longer willing to “take a bullet” for Trump.
Buy popcorn. 🍿
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) July 2, 2018
Oh, boy.#MichaelCohen is cooperating with Mueller. No doubt about it now.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 2, 2018
Michael Cohen is starting to talk. Donald Trump is starting to shit.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) 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
I’m guessing that Michael Cohen won’t be spending July 4th with Donald Trump
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) July 2, 2018
Right now Giuliani, Trump, and Hannity are in a room somewhere trying to decide whether to paint Michael Cohen as a pedophile, drug addict, or mobster.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) July 2, 2018