Michael Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

26 May, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Head of the RIA Novosti Ukraine website Kirill Vyshinsky in the court of Kherson on suspicions of high treason and support of the self-proclaimed Donbass republics

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by United States law.

Wood says he's seen an intelligence report citing senior Ukrainian sources claiming these deals flow a backchannel arrangement where Ukraine would buy USA support and the US would give Ukraine limited arms help. Wood also reports that Cohen was paid through intermediaries acting on Poroshenko's behalf, even though Cohen was not registered as a foreign agent of Ukraine under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act.

A week after Mr Poroshenko returned home from the meeting with Mr Trump, Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau announced it was no longer investigating Mr Manafort, the BBC said. One source stated that the 51-year-old lawyer was paid $400,000, while another indicated that he was paid some $600,000. There is no evidence at this time that Trump knew of the payment to Cohen, the BBC's sources say.

Michael Volkov, a defense attorney at The Volkov Law Group, sounded a grim note on Cohen's legal prospects after the deal had been struck.

Earlier this month, Avenatti released information on Cohen's financial dealings showing that he accepted payments from huge corporations such as AT&T and Novartis that hoped to gain access and garner familiarity to Trump after the 2016 presidential election.

Around the same time, ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft began to dominate the NY livery scene and yellow-cab medallions rapidly lost value. He has not been charged with a crime. "I am humbled and shamed!" he said, adding that the guilty plea represented "me taking responsibility for my actions".


The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by USA law. Freidman, a business associate of President Trump's person attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to pocketing $5 million in passenger fees that were supposed to fund public transportation.

In a statement to Reuters, Mr Poroshenko's office also said the story was false.

Cohen's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Before Cohen's intervention, Ukrainian representatives were only able to get a brief photo op for the Ukrainian president - who has been openly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin - with Mr. Trump.

"There's going to be significant charges that will be brought on the federal level, there will be significant charges that could be brought on the state level against Michael Cohen", Avenattti said in a phone interview with "The Beat" host Ari Melber on MSNBC.

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