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Former Cohen Business Partner Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate with Russia Investigation

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Paid $400,000 by Ukraine to Set Up Talks With White House President Donald J. Trump and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
Sandra Phillips | 24 May, 2018, 16:57

Furthermore, President Trump can not pardon Freidman's guilty plea, either, while he begins his cooperation with the federal government as it attempts to "flip" Michael Cohen against Trump in its pursuit of criminal wrongdoing. Cohen was not registered as a foreign agent of Ukraine under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act when the agreement was inked, the report indicated. Poroshenko wanted much more, something that could be portrayed as full talks with the US president.

The investigation may pose a significant threat to Trump, who has been warned by his legal team that Cohen could flip on him as his legal troubles mount.

Cohen, who was not registered as a representative of Ukraine, was brought in because Ukraine's registered lobbyists and its embassy in Washington could get Poroshenko little more than a photo op with Trump while the Ukrainian leader "needed something that could be portrayed as 'talks, '" the broadcaster reported.

The Ukrainian president's office says the Ukrainian-U.S. summit in June 2017 was organized exclusively through official diplomatic channels.

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.

The meeting at the White House was last June.

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The BBC's sources in Kiev appear to be supported by research from Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels.

By 2003, Cohen owned a fleet of 200 taxi cabs, working in partnership with a Ukrainian immigrant named Simon Garber.

Trump has also sought to downplay his relationship with Cohen, insisting he was one of many attorneys that he uses.

Though sources confirmed the arrangement was made, discrepancies surfaced over the amount that Cohen was paid. Believing Hillary Clinton, and not Trump, would win the presidency, Poroshenko had reportedly directed Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau to leak information that showed Manafort had received payments from a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party. One source stated that the 51-year-old lawyer was paid $400,000, while another indicated that he was paid some $600,000.

Mueller's investigation has increasingly focused on Cohen and includes his work on Trump Tower Moscow, his personal business holdings and any payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

Cohen has served as Trump's fixer and worked with him at the Trump Organization before he resigned that post but stayed on as the president's personal attorney.

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