Ukraine paid Trump lawyer Cohen to arrange Trump talks

Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's personal attorney steps out of a cab during his arrival on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cohen's longtime business partner Evgeny Freidman pleaded guilty Tuesday

In mid-April the New York Post reported that Cohen once rented Ivanka and Jared Kushners Park Avenue apartment to the Taxi King.

"Gene Freidman and I are not partners and have never been partners in this business or any other", he tweeted. So if he wants them to go away, he has to enter his own plea deal where he agrees to roll on Donald Trump to State and Federal prosecutors and investigators and hand over any and all information that he may have on that.

This is the latest bad development for Cohen. Agents searched his home and office, as well as his hotel room, for documents last month, acting in part on a referral from Mueller's office.

A significant business partner of US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Mr Michael Cohen, has agreed to cooperate with the US government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure Mr Cohen to work with the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Cohen is facing an investigation by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan, which is examining his business practices.

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

So, exactly how are Cohen and Freidman connected?

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Freidman, 46, was once the largest operator of taxi medallions, owning about 800 of the plates that allow taxis to operate in NY, and had helped bring Cohen into the taxi business.

Cohen has not formally opposed Daniels' intervention, but has asked Wood to bar her attorney, Michael Avenatti, from representing her in the case, claiming he violated court rules by making false statements about Cohen in media appearances.

After Mr. Freidman's guilty plea, his lawyer, Patrick J. Egan of Fox Rothschild, declined to comment. One such report found that Felix Sater, a member of the Port Washington Chabad and its 2010 and 2014 "man of the year", had met with Cohen in January 2017 to orchestrate an end to the sanctions.

Talking Points Memo reported past year that Cohen and Friedman were such close friends that Cohen helped named Friedman's oldest son, Dylan.

Freidman had been the largest operator of medallions in New York City, with his company, Taxiclub, reportedly boasting a fleet of more than 800 cabs. Was Michael Cohen involved in any of this tax fraud? The charges, announced by then-New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman in June 2017, carried up to 25 years in prison. And he's going to be put on probation for about five years because of the plea deal that he made. Freidman faced allegations that he failed to pay $5 million in taxes, including four counts of tax fraud and one of grand larceny.

"Today, the "Taxi King" admitted that he built his empire by stealing from New Yorkers", said Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who was confirmed just hours earlier as the state's top law enforcement officer.

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