Cohen Downplays Ties To Close Friend Now Cooperating With Govt

Head of the RIA Novosti Ukraine website Kirill Vyshinsky in the court of Kherson on suspicions of high treason and support of the self-proclaimed Donbass republics

A Ukrainian lawmaker loyal to Poroshenko then drew on personal contacts with the Port of Washington Chabad, which is a Jewish charity in NY, and this, the BBC reports, led them to Cohen, who received hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Evgeny A. Freidman, a key business associate of Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to a minor tax evasion charge, and agreed to cooperate fully with the government's investigation.

"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 tweeted.

Cohen is also said to have been helped by Felix Sater, a convicted ex-mobster and former business partner of Trump.

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, who has obtained some of Cohen's financial records, told the BBC that reports filed by Cohen's bank to the Treasury Department said Cohen had received money from "Ukrainian interests". The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss it and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

That likelihood could become greater with a business partner of Mr. Cohen's cooperating with law enforcement.


"The Attorney General's office agrees that if the defendant fulfills these conditions, and taking into account all other factors known to the AG at the time of sentencing, we would recommend that he would receive a sentence of 5 years' probation". After the fee was paid to Cohen, he had a substantial meeting with Trump, followed by a photo op.

President's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, put on your kicky blazer and gather up your mob pals, because today is another day to smoke cigars in the face of YOU GOING TO JAIL. But Freidman's plea is about much more than returning ill-gotten taxpayer dollars to New Yorkers because it was made as part of an agreement to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Particularly hurtful to Mr. Cohen was the way Mr. Trump lavished approval on Mr. Lewandowski in a way he never did for Mr. Cohen.

Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine, which is a legal requirement for doing work such as arranging an Oval Office meeting. The Real Deal reported in February that Freidman managed Cohen's taxi medallions until April 2017.

Freidman's lawyer, Patrick Egan, declined to comment on the Times report.

In a text message to a reporter for the New York Daily News, Friedman denied he flipped on his friend in exchange for leniency.

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