Ukrainian President: BBC Report On Secret Payment To Trump Lawyer 'Blatant Lie'

May 25, 2018, 05:24
Ukrainian President: BBC Report On Secret Payment To Trump Lawyer 'Blatant Lie'

Earlier, the BBC reported with reference to its sources that Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of $400,000 or $600,000 "to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump" in June 2017.

It's been revealed President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of nearly $600,000 to fix talks between the US President and his Ukrainian counterpart.

That likelihood may now be greater, with Freidman potentially sharing what he knows with federal prosecutors in NY and the special counsel. Though Freidman reached a deal with NY state, he may be in a position to brief federal prosecutors who are probing Cohen's financial dealings, including his taxi holdings, real estate ventures, and legal and political work for Trump and others.

With Freidman's plea, Cohen may now need to weigh whether to begin talks with prosecutors before they amass enough evidence from other sources to make his cooperation unnecessary.

Freidman, known as New York's "Taxi King", was indicted on state charges previous year by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged Freidman and others failed to pay $5 million in MTA surcharges between 2012 and 2015. Michael is a dear, dear personal friend and a passive client, that's it.

"The Trump regime responded through its skeletal mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani: "[Trump's] just not involved in the taxis". Freidman will avoid jail time under the agreement and will assist federal and state prosecutors in investigations, The Times reported. And he's going to be put on probation for about five years because of the plea deal that he made.

"'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.

That legal pressure on Cohen appeared to increase on Tuesday, after Freidman cut his plea deal with investigators. So we all know how this guy feels about these investigations.

Freidman, once the owner of an estimated 900 medallions, has had financial difficulties since Uber started upending the city's cab industry.

But that same Port Washington channel may have been used before in an effort by affiliates of Russian President Vladimir Putin to end sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, according to reports in The New York Times.

In addition to Cohen, two Ukrainians who the BBC's sources said opened a back channel with him on behalf of Poroshenko denied the story. As part of the deal, Cohen offered up his $9 million Park Ave. apartment, as well as money he might receive from Freidman for managing his taxis, as additional collateral.

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