Kendall Coffey Chimes in on Michael Cohen Potentially Flipping on Trump
The question of much speculation has been whether Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, would flip on his former boss. It’s been three months since the FBI raided his offices and residences, but it’s still an unanswered question.
Cohen finally sat down for his first interview since the federal raid and he offered some compelling clues. Cohen stated, “My wife, my daughter, and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first.” This is a very big change for Cohen since he previously stated that he would take a bullet for Trump.
Kendall Coffey chimed in on the situation saying, “It’s a barely coded message that he is ready to cooperate. When people that are targets of investigations are talking about doing what’s best for their family, it’s inevitably a code for cooperating and getting the best deal they can from prosecutors.”
Cohen recently hired a new attorney, Guy Petrillo, who is a highly-regarded former prosecutor who once led the criminal division of the same U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan that is conducting the criminal investigation of Cohen. There has been a lot of speculation that this decision could be a sign that Cohen could be on the verge of seeking a deal.
After Petrillo officially assumes his role as lead counsel, Cohen plans to exit a joint defense agreement he shared with the president and others potentially implicated in federal probes.
Coffey says, “Being part of a joint defense agreement generally means your cooperation is with fellow targets and you’re sharing confidential information. Exiting a joint defense agreement generally means you are leaving them behind and your cooperation is now focused on the United States government. The message to the president is: ‘I’m not taking any more bullets.’”