Michael Cohen's 'taxi king' business partner to cooperate with government

Cohen insists he’s never done business with Taxi King

While prosecutors declined to discuss with ABC News how Friedman is prepared to assist them in the criminal investigation of Cohen, they typically know in advance what a potential witness could offer in exchange for a reduced sentence. 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.

The Ukrainian leader reportedly needed the meeting with Trump to look more like "talks" rather than a simple meet-and-greet with the US president, and he was attempting to create a backchannel to Trump.

Mr. Cohen is being investigated for possible bank and tax fraud, possible campaign law violations linked to a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and perhaps other matters related to Mr. Trump's presidential campaign, a person familiar with the probe has said.

"A no jail time deal like this strongly suggests a level of cooperation significant enough to incriminate other significant subjects", he said. "Our boy can become president of the U.S. and we can engineer it", Sater wrote to Cohen, according to an email obtained by the Times.

Poroshenko had a meeting at the White House in June 2017, when the White House schedule said the Ukrainian president would be able to "drop in" on Mr. Trump in the Oval Office. Earlier this morning, Manafort and his attorneys filed a request to block any and all evidence seized during the raids of Michael Cohen's home, office, and hotel room in order to prevent their presentation in court.

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".

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Donald Trump and long-time lawyer Michael Cohen.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, and Representative Trey Gowdy also have been invited to a meeting to review classified documents conservative lawmakers believe will substantiate their claims.

Ukraine's investigation of former Trump adviser Paul Manafort was also seen as a negative starting point with the new Trump Administration. Anything that bolsters that inquiry could raise pressure on Mr Cohen to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.

A Ukrainian official said Cohen was paid $400,000 while another source put the figure at $600,000, the BBC reported.

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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