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Full interview: Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis opens up about Mueller investigation

Lanny Davis, the new attorney for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE's former "fixer" Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenVacant New York office space reaches highest level since 1994 Trump Organization adds veteran criminal defense attorney Manhattan DA investigating Trump says he won't seek reelection MORE, is speaking out about his client's efforts to deal with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's Russia interference investigation. According to Davis, Cohen wants to declare himself "independent" from Trump and to no longer "be a punching bag" for the president.

In an interview with "Rising," Hill.TV's morning news show, Davis referred to an earlier interview that Cohen gave with ABC News' George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBiden and Trump both have trouble with the truth — and so do the media LeVar Burton among final group of 'Jeopardy!' guest hosts Biden was right to call Putin a 'killer' — but is he doing enough to save Alexei Navalny? MORE in which the former Trump adviser said he would be more loyal to his family than to the president.

"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 told co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

"The reason he said is, 'I will not be a punching bag as part of somebody else's defense strategy,'" Davis added. "This was a declaration of independence two days before July 4."

Watch the full 11-minute interview above.