Donald Trump's lawyer 'paid $400000 to arrange meeting with president of Ukraine'

24 May, 2018, 16:54 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Paid $400,000 by Ukraine to Set Up Talks With White House

Under the deal with the NY attorney-general's office, Evgeny Freidman, a Russian immigrant known as the Taxi King, specifically agreed to assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, a source said. There is no evidence at this time that Trump knew of the payment to Cohen, the BBC's sources say.

That aide found his way to Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was reportedly paid between $400,000 and $600,000 to make the meeting happen.

There is no suggestion that Trump was aware of the payment to Cohen, the BBC said.

The claims line up with those of porn star Stormy Daniels" lawyer Michael Avenatti, who said Suspicious Activity Reports filed by Cohen's bank to US Treasury officials revealed payments from "Ukrainian interests'.

Wood has ordered prosecutors, Cohen and Daniels to submit a joint agenda for the hearing by Friday.

"I am one of thousands of medallion owners who entrust management companies to operate my medallions according to the rules of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission", Cohen wrote. He in turn used personal contacts in a Jewish charity in NY state, Chabad of Port Washington.

Upon Poroshnko's return home, the Ukrainian anti-corruption agency stopped investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to BBC. Additionally, as "Cohen's partner in the taxi business for years [,]" Freidman was, also his "friend" and confidant, often sharing meals with family members, and was undoubtedly given unprecedented access to one of President Trump's most trusted advisors, thereby making an interview with Mueller's team an interesting proposition.

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Mr. Trump met with Mr. Poroshenko at the White House on June 20, 2017, in what was officially called a "drop-by" visit after the Ukrainian leader's separate talks with Vice-President Mike Pence. Further, Cohen was not a registered as an agent for Ukraine, which would have been required by USA law.

Cohen is under investigation by federal prosecutors, who last month conducted searches on his office and other locations.

That likelihood may now be greater, with Freidman potentially sharing what he knows with federal prosecutors in NY and the special counsel.

By 2003, Cohen owned a fleet of 200 taxi cabs, working in partnership with a Ukrainian immigrant named Simon Garber.

"The Taxi King admitted that he built his empire by stealing from New Yorkers", New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood said.

Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, described it as a "very good deal" for Friedman that could prove a major headache for both Cohen and Trump.

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