Lawyer Michael Avenatti on Tuesday predicted that President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE to save himself.
"Mr. Cohen will eventually flip but not for 'love of country,'" Avenatti, who is representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump and Cohen, tweeted.
"He will do it to only when he has to - in order to save himself. The @GMA 'interview' was a weak publicity stunt meant to try and rehabilitate his image," Avenatti added.
Mr. Cohen will eventually flip but not for “love of country.” He will do it to only when he has to - in order to save himself. The @GMA “interview” was a weak publicity stunt meant to try and rehabilitate his image. #Basta https://t.co/thzwnjcEtF— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 3, 2018
Cohen said in an interview with ABC News that aired Monday that his first loyalty is to his family, not the president.
“To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty,” he said.
Those remarks fueled speculation that Cohen will cooperate with Mueller in the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Avenatti took a different view of the interview, saying that Cohen is "playing games with the American people."
Cohen is under investigation for possible bank and wire fraud and campaign finance violations. The probe stems in part from a $130,000 nondisclosure payment Cohen gave to Daniels before the 2016 election. Daniels says the payment was given to her because of an affair she had with Trump more than a decade ago.
On Monday, federal prosecutors gained access to 1.3 million documents related to the April FBI raids of Cohen's office, hotel room and home.