Ukrainian President: BBC Report On Secret Payment To Trump Lawyer 'Blatant Lie'

Ukrainian President: BBC Report On Secret Payment To Trump Lawyer 'Blatant Lie'

Evgeny "Gene" Freidman, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union long known as the "taxi king" of NY, pleaded guilty to criminal tax fraud in Albany County Court. Anything that bolsters that inquiry could raise pressure on Mr Cohen to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller. 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. Manafort had been accused of being paid millions by pro-Russian interests in Ukraine in reports by the Associated Press and New York Times.

Federal agents raided Cohen's offices and home last month, after federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant. The 51-year-old is now under investigation for a number of possible crimes, including potential campaign finance violations related to his $130,000 payout in 2016 to Stormy Daniels - the porn star who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Cohen continued to deny a partnership in his tweet, writing that he is "one of thousands of medallion owners who entrust management companies to operate".

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

Freidman, 46, was once the largest operator of taxi medallions, owning about 800 of the plates that allow taxis to operate in NY, and had helped bring Cohen into the taxi business.

Mr Cohen is facing a probe by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan, which is examining his business practices.

This is what set up the encounter with Cohen, who spend decades as Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, it was said.

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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.

Freidman, once the owner of an estimated 900 medallions, has had financial difficulties since Uber started upending the city's cab industry.

Freidman, known as New York's "Taxi King", was indicted on state charges previous year by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged Freidman and others failed to pay $5 million in MTA surcharges between 2012 and 2015.

One source in Kiev said Mr Poroshenko had given Mr Trump "a gift" - making sure that Ukraine would find no more evidence to give the USA inquiry into whether the Trump campaign "colluded" with Russian Federation. "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.

"The Attorney General's office agrees that if the defendant fulfills these conditions, and taking into account all other factors known to the AG at the time of sentencing, we would recommend that he would receive a sentence of 5 years' probation".

"The Trump regime responded through its skeletal mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani: "[Trump's] just not involved in the taxis".