Michael Cohen: former Trump lawyer said to be cooperating with law enforcement

Lawyer moves to stop investigation after conceding he arranged $130,000 to Stormy Daniels as part of affair allegation

A former lawyer for Donald Trump says he is a free man and vows to cooperate with law enforcement in its ongoing investigation into the sexual conduct of the president.

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In an interview on ABC’s The View, Michael Cohen, who had been investigating potential legal action to prevent the leak of information about his work for Trump, said he was aware of a “scoping order” that had been issued by the US attorney’s office in Manhattan.

“I’m a free man today, which has never happened,” Cohen told the panelist show hosts. “I’m not under investigation at this time. I did cooperate with the government in its very important investigation.”

He said he would continue to defend the president, though he declined to specifically refer to the investigation into Trump, because “it’s not my job to speak about those things”.

Cohen was a one-time business partner of the adult film star Stormy Daniels, who was paid $130,000 as part of a confidentiality agreement after reportedly having an affair with Trump in 2006. Trump’s lawyer denies any affair happened, and Cohen said in a letter that he had arranged the payment to Daniels for her “privacy” purposes.

“It was a private transaction and it was handled privately,” Cohen said, adding he wouldn’t comment on how much he had paid Daniels.

According to ABC, sources told the network that Cohen initially accepted a $50,000 offer to pay for a lawsuit to block the release of damaging information about Trump, but withdrew that offer.

Cohen said his decision to withdraw that offer was his own.

“There wasn’t any other way I could protect my client,” he said, according to ABC.

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