Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Trump lawyer Cohen's business partner to co-operate with prosecutors, say sources

Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen'paid $400k to set up meeting with Ukrainian President Trump lawyer Cohen's business partner to co-operate with prosecutors, say sources
Theresa Hayes | 24 May, 2018, 17:00

That is expected to increase pressure for Cohen himself to cooperate with investigators looking into Trump's business dealings. But Poroshenko needed a meeting that could be framed as "talks", a high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer told Wood.

Tuesday's announcement, and a demand that the matter be brought to the House floor for a vote, comes as House Republicans accuse the Federal Bureau of Investigation of planting "at least one person into the Trump campaign" to spy on its activities, said Representative Lee Zeldin who is a member of the Freedom Caucus and the resolution's author.

The state tax case against Freidman was in Albany because tax returns are filed here.

Sources in Kiev say the payment was made by intermediaries acting for the President Petro Poroshenko, even though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by U.S. law.

In a statement to ABC News, Friedman expressed regret for his actions and sought to distance Cohen, who he described as a "dear, dear personal friend" from the scandal.

We are talking about meeting on 20 June 2017 at the White house.

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.

Shortly after Poroshenko's visit, Ukraine's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager who became a registered agent for the Ukrainian government after his work for it was revealed in the presidential campaign.

The meeting at the White House was in June of 2017.

There is no suggestion the president knew about the alleged payment, with a second Kiev source telling the BBC that it was actually $600,000.

As the story goes, the decision to bring Cohen into the fold was made after Ukraine's registered lobbyists and its Washington, DC, embassy failed to schedule a meeting between the two presidents that could be seen as "talks". Cohen and lawyers representing President Trump are asking the court to block Justice Department officials from reading documents and materials related to his Cohen's relationship with President Trump that they believe should be protected by attorney-client privilege. Manafort had been accused of being paid millions by pro-Russian interests in Ukraine in reports by the Associated Press and New York Times.

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