Cohen hopes he'll be 'remembered in history' for bringing country back together

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE's former attorney Michael Cohen said in an interview broadcast Friday that he hopes to be remembered in history for bringing the country together.

"[O]ne of the hopes that I have out of the punishment that I've received, as well as the cooperation that I have given, I will be remembered in history as helping to bring this country back together," Cohen said in an interview with "Good Morning America."

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison this week for crimes related to illegal campaign payments he made to two women who allegedly had affairs with President Trump. Cohen said the payments were meant to keep the women's stories from coming out during the presidential campaign, something denied by Trump and his attorneys.


"It's never good to be on the wrong side of the president of the United States of America," Cohen, who was once close to Trump, said in the interview. "But somehow or another, this task has now fallen onto my shoulders, and, as I also stated, that I will spend the rest of my life in order to fix the mistake that I made."

Cohen wouldn't confirm whether he was still actively cooperating with the special counsel's office against the president or his advisers, but indicated that he was still willing to answer any questions Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team could pose to him.

"I am here and I am willing to answer whatever additional questions that they may have for me," Cohen says.