Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Michael Cohen Associate Agrees to Cooperate With Prosecutors

Michael Cohen Associate Agrees to Cooperate With Prosecutors

According to the BBC, the Ukrainian government turned to Cohen because it was having little luck getting a meeting with Trump through traditional diplomatic channels.

MEANWHILE, on Earth 2, the investigation into Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen continues apace. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins discusses this.

The senior Ukrainian intelligence official also told the BBC that Cohen was assisted by a former Trump business partner named Felix Sater, whose lawyer denied the story.

Last year, Freidman was charged with four counts of tax fraud and one count of grand larceny for failing to collect more than $5 million in 50-cent fare surcharges meant to help fund mass transit. But instead, he's only going to plead guilty to owing about $50,000 in back taxes. Friedman was facing what would have amounted to a life sentence, the source said, but if he satisfies the terms of the agreement, he will receive just five years of probation.

Cohen tweeted Wednesday that he was "one of the thousands" of licensed taxi operators who turned to management companies. NY medallions, valued at over $1 million apiece as recently as 2014, now sell for about $120,000-mostly through bankruptcy and foreclosure sales.

"This defendant [Friedman] could potentially have a seismic impact on the president's case because he is a direct threat to Michael Cohen, who is direct threat to the president", he said.

Andreea Dumitru, the chief financial officer of Taxiclub, was also indicted on the felony tax fraud and grand larceny charges. We don't that yet. "And as far as I know, never acted as one". Mr Cohen was paid $400,000. The only thing Cohen can do to save himself is to make his own plea deal.

"I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected", he wrote in another email to the Russian contact.

"I have to assume that maybe there was a discussion of doing this", he said of such an arrangement between Cohen and Ukraine.

Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said the terms of the deal appear to signify a substantial level of cooperation. The plea is part of an apparent deal to serve as a potential witness in state and federal probes. "They're phony. There's no collusion". And that's what's happening right now.

Cohen has said that won't happen, and Trump wagered last month that Cohen won't flip. And I have to guess ... But federal prosecutors in Manhattan are probing him for bank fraud and other possible crimes following a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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