Washington - US President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in a television interview aired on Monday, declared his loyalty to his family and the United States and said he would fight back if the president or his legal team tried to discredit him.
Cohen's comments to ABC News signalled that he may abandon Trump and cooperate with prosecutors investigating his business dealings.
"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defence strategy," Cohen said in the interview, which was taped during the weekend. "I am not a villain of this story and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way."
The comments to ABC were Cohen's his first significant remarks to a major media outlet since federal prosecutors in New York raided his home, office and hotel room in April. Cohen and his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.
Documents and files were seized from Cohen as part of an investigation stemming in part from a referral by the U.S. special counsel office probing possible collusion between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.