Cohen's business partner to cooperate with prosecutors

Blanche Robertson
May 25, 2018

The BBC cited sources close to those involved as saying the payment was set up by people acting on behalf of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

A week after Poroshenko returned home from the meeting with Trump, Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau announced it was no longer investigating Manafort, the BBC said.

Poroshenko had a meeting at the White House in June 2017, when the White House schedule said the Ukrainian president would be able to "drop in" on Mr. Trump in the Oval Office.

Shortly after the June meeting with Trump, Ukraine's anti-corruption agency dropped its investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who is now another top target in the Mueller probe.

"Poroshenko's inner circle were shocked by how dirty this whole arrangement (with Cohen) was", a Ukranian source told the BBC.

As such, Freidman will presumably testify against President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in the government's pursuit of any criminal wrongdoing by the Russian government, its peoples, and private American citizens and companies as well as the Trump Campaign, Transition, Inaugural Committee, and Administration.

It handed off the case to the state prosecutor's office, the BBC reports. Cohen did not register as a lobbyist or disclose those payments.

His lawyers are due in federal court in Manhattan next week for a conference with the judge overseeing review of the evidence seized by the USA in the raid.

Avenatti obtained an SAR detailing the corporations' payments. That's one hell of a plea deal and that nearly certainly means that what he has turned over to prosecutors from the Southern District of NY against Cohen is incredibly valuable and incriminating.

"But negotiations continued until the early hours of the day of the visit".

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Mr. Trump's lawyers have been resigned to the strong possibility that the investigation of Mr. Cohen's businesses could lead him to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

In a statement to Reuters, Mr Poroshenko's office also said the story was false. This is how we assess the misinformation that the meeting of the presidents of Ukraine and the United States was allegedly organized for money.

Word of the Freidman agreement came just days after news broke that Jeffrey Yohai, the son-in-law of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, had reached a plea agreement.

Cohen, of course, is the one with "a lot of heat on him" right now.

He also helped arrange a 2016 payment to an adult film actress who said she had a sexual relationship with Trump.

"I disagree and, if I did, I never knew it", he said.

Cohen got his start in the taxi business. "I've already publicly said that this is destroying my life". "And on neither end was it consummated". "The Ukrainian side were angry, the official went on, because Cohen had taken "hundreds of thousands" of dollars from them for something it seemed he could not deliver", the report states.

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.

It suggests the Trump camp received a quid pro quo-the cessation of the investigation into Manafort.

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