Michael Cohen Declares "Independence" From Trump According To Clinton-Pal Attorney

Michael Cohen's new attorney said that Cohen, previously known as Donald Trump's "fixer," declared "independence" during a July 2 interview with George Stephanopoulos when he said he would not be a "punching bag" for Trump's defense strategy.

“I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” Cohen told Stephanopoulos. “I am not a villain in any story and won’t allow others to try and depict me in that way.”

Lanny Davis - Cohen's attorney and longtime friend of the Clintons, made the comment during an interview with The Hill's Rising which aired Wednesday. 

"There's a reason that he said at the very end of the interview with Mr. Stephanopoulos that he took these contrary positions to Mr. Trump, who he previously said he would take a bullet for, a comment that I believe he would not say today," Davis said, adding "The reason he said is, 'I will not be a punching bag as part of somebody else's defense strategy.’ This was a declaration of independence two days before July 4."

Stephanopoulos asked Cohen if Trump had directed him to make that $130K hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Cohen previously claimed he paid the cash out of own pocket without direction from Trump or any promise of reimbursement. This time Cohen answered, “I want to answer. One day I will answer. But for now I can’t comment further on advice of my counsel.”

“A very, very big signal,” Stephanopoulos translated this morning on GMA. 

Similarly, Cohen signaled he would have something to say in “official form” about whether President Trump knew in advance of that Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and a Russian attorney with entourage, the latter team allegedly promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump has insisted he was not aware of the meeting. -Deadline Hollywood

Davis then rattled off a list of reasons why Cohen and Trump are nowhere near agreement on various official government positions.

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