Cohen received $400,00 to arrange Trump meeting with Ukrainian president

Cohen received $400,00 to arrange Trump meeting with Ukrainian president

Cohen received $400,00 to arrange Trump meeting with Ukrainian president

In comments to the Times Tuesday, he called Cohen a "dear dear personal friend and a passive client!"

Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, met Trump at the White House a year ago. Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine, which would be required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act if such a payment took place.

Ukraine is bitterly denying a BBC report that it paid Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, $400,000 to set up a meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

It suggests that Cohen broke a USA law requiring people to register as lobbyists for foreign governments.

Trump and Leviev met to discuss Moscow real estate opportunities in 2008, according to Russian media reports and photographs.

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Cohen has not formally opposed Daniels' intervention, but has asked Wood to bar her attorney, Michael Avenatti, from representing her in the case, claiming he violated court rules by making false statements about Cohen in media appearances. There is no evidence at this time that Trump knew of the payment to Cohen, the BBC's sources say. Sater is said to be cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election. But instead, he's only going to plead guilty to owing about $50,000 in back taxes.

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.

However, though the deal had been struck, the meeting remained on shaky grounds and even as Poroshenko was traveling to the states, it wasn't clear whether Cohen had been able to broker any more than just a "brief few minutes of small talk and a handshake".

But that same Port Washington channel may have been used before in an effort by affiliates of Russian President Vladimir Putin to end sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, according to reports in The New York Times.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Cohen, a significant operator in the taxi business, had more than $185,000 in new state warrants for unpaid taxes on his taxi companies.

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Poroshenko ultimately got his Oval Office photo op and sit-down. Ukraine's National Anti Corruption Bureau announced it was no longer investigating Manafort a week after Poroshenko returned to Kiev. Hence, the red-faced Poroshenko needed a chance to make good with Trump. Wood says he's seen an intelligence report citing senior Ukrainian sources claiming these deals flow a backchannel arrangement where Ukraine would buy US support and the USA would give Ukraine limited arms help.

As part of the NY probe, prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible campaign finance violations and bank fraud.

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.

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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