Cohen insists he's never done business with Taxi King

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Per a New York Times report, Freidman opted to dodge an indictment related to his failure to pay MTA surcharges by agreeing to work with state and federal prosecutors.

This is the latest bad development for Cohen.

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.

Daniels has said the money was given to her to keep her quiet about an affair she claims to have had with Trump in 2006.

A Ukrainian official said Mr Cohen was paid $US400,000 while another source put the figure at $US600,000 ($796,000), the BBC reported.

One of Michael Cohen's business partners, a Russian kingpin in the incredibly corrupt NYC taxi business, has reached a plea deal to cooperate in Cohen's prosecution, in exchange for a much lighter sentence than he would otherwise have received.

Cohen said in his tweet that he and Freidman were never business partners, though previous reporting seems to contradict that.

Адвокат Трампа отрицает получение денег за визит Порошенко в Белый дом- Reuters
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Trump and Poroshenko met in the White House last June, with the Ukrainian anti-corruption agency halting an investigation into Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort soon afterwards, reports BBC News.

"That's it!" he texted the journalist, according to the Times, apparently objecting to the paper's report on the implications his guilty plea could have on the FBI's Cohen probe.

When Reason interviewed Freidman in 2015, a handful of his taxi garages had just filed for bankruptcy protection and he was angling for a city bailout in the form of loan guarantees for medallions.

The Ukrainian MP was later put in touch with Cohen after using personal contacts at a Jewish charity in NY. "That's it!" The Real Deal reported past year that Cohen helped name Freidman's oldest son.

On Tuesday, Freidman agreed to pay restitution and judgments totaling $5 million to NY state. He had been facing four counts of criminal tax fraud and one count of grand larceny. The charges, announced by then-New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman in June 2017, carried up to 25 years in prison.

"Today, the "Taxi King" admitted that he built his empire by stealing from New Yorkers", New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement Tuesday.

Freidman got five years of probation for pleading guilty Tuesday to a single count of evading $50,000 worth of taxes. 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.

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