U.S. District Judge S. James Otero ordered a three-month stay of the case in April in light of a criminal investigation of Cohen that is continuing in NY.
More than 1.3 million pieces of potential evidence seized from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen earlier this year were turned over to federal prosecutors Monday. He has not yet been arrested or charged with any crime.
When questioned about Trump's attacks on anyone involved in the various Russia-related investigations, Cohen also refrained from directly naming Trump when he criticized such characterizations.
In April, Trump had tweeted that Michael was a businessman "who I have always liked & respected". I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", he said, going on to note that when his home and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, "it was obviously upsetting to me and my family. "Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional".
Cohen, said one person close to the Trump Organization, had never been given major responsibilities at the real estate company that served as Trump's springboard to the White House. "But for now, I can't comment further on advice of my counsel". "This Fifth Amendment protection would continue even if Michael Cohen were to be indicted by the SDNY or special counsel Mueller's team".
While this statement may seem nothing out of the ordinary if uttered by another former Trump associate after a falling-out with the president, Cohen stands out, since it was him who in an interview with Vanity Fair last September said that he was "the guy who would take a bullet for the president".
I don't minimize the general amusement factor inherent in how nervous Cohen's interview might make certain people who deserve to be made as nervous as possible.
Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer of President Donald Trump, arrives at the U.S. Courthouse in NY to attend a hearing to limit prosecutors' review of documents seized from his home and office.
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Among other things, investigators are looking into a $130,000 payment he handled as part of a confidentiality agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
Petrillo and the Trump lawyer handling Cohen document review have not responded to requests for comment.
Cohen declined to say whether Trump knew about the meeting before it happened, citing the advice of his lawyer.
"I want to answer". One day I will answer.
Stephanopoulos said that in several instances, Mr Cohen broke with Mr Trump in characterising the federal investigations. Cohen added: "Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance". Does the fact that he is talking at least to ABC News - does that lead us to any kind of knowledge on whether he might cooperate with the government, with prosecutors?
Cohen said that he did not share Trump's animosity toward Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller and did not dismiss the possibility of cooperating with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"As an American, I repudiate Russia's or any other foreign government's attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process, and I would call on all Americans to do the same", Cohen said.
Cohen refused to criticize U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and he condemned Russian Federation for interfering in the election, the ABC report said. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies' unanimous conclusions", he said.