Hearing delayed in Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's NY court case

24 May, 2018, 16:56 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Trump and Poroshenko

Cohen's fee was for getting Poroshenko more than just an embarrassingly brief few minutes of small talk and a handshake, the senior official said. That's one hell of a plea deal and that nearly certainly means that what he has turned over to prosecutors from the Southern District of NY against Cohen is incredibly valuable and incriminating.

Cohen denied on Twitter Wednesday that he was partners with Freidman "in this business or any other".

A Chabad house in Long Island has once again made headlines as a hinge point for contacts under scrutiny by Robert Mueller III, the U.S. special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Times said the agreement for Evegny "Gene" Freidman would allow him to avoid jail time and would have him work with prosecutors in both the state and federal investigations.

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. He's a Russian immigrant who once owned over 800 taxi medallions. Additionally, as "Cohen's partner in the taxi business for years [,]" Freidman was, also his "friend" and confidant, often sharing meals with family members, and was undoubtedly given unprecedented access to one of President Trump's most trusted advisors, thereby making an interview with Mueller's team an interesting proposition.

Trump and Poroshenko
The Ukrainian and US president at the White House

There is no indication Trump knew about the payment.

In mid-April the New York Post reported that Cohen once rented Ivanka and Jared Kushners Park Avenue apartment to the Taxi King.

The value of a taxi medallion reached a high of $1.2 million each in 2014, but their value has slumped to about $300,000 amid the rise of ride-hailing services such as Uber. Evgeny A. Freidman, a key business associate of Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to a minor tax evasion charge, and agreed to cooperate fully with the government's investigation.

The prosecutor said Freidman, a dual citizen of the United States and Russian Federation, owns two homes in the south of France where he often travels. Instead, he filed false tax returns created to hide the theft, they said. "Freidman pocketed money that should have provided much-needed investment in our transit system - and now he'll have to pay back every cent".

Freidman got five years of probation for pleading guilty Tuesday to a single count of evading $50,000 worth of taxes. "Our office will continue to hold accountable those who cheat the system".

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