Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.
If anybody knows where the taxi medallion bodies are buried, it is surely New York's taxi king, whom prosecutors gave a PRETTY SWEET DEAL - five years of probation when he was facing 100 years of hard time for felony tax fraud.
Last year, he was charged by then New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with "failure to remit to the New York State Tax Department over $5 million in 50 cent MTA surcharges between 2012 and 2015". He in turn used personal contacts in a Jewish charity in NY state, Chabad of Port Washington.
"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. "Our office will continue to hold accountable those who cheat the system".
Michael Cohen on Wednesday tried to distance himself from Gene Freidman, his former associate in the taxi business who is now cooperating with government prosecutors.
A NY federal judge has postponed to next week a hearing in the case brought by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen to limit prosecutors' review of documents seized from his home and office. Material seized in those searches is being processed by a special master to prevent the disclosure of information covered by attorney-client privilege.
A Ukrainian intelligence official told the BBC that the country's registered lobbyists could only arrange a photo-op with Trump, so they reached out to Cohen to set up a "back channel" to the president.
The Ukrainian investigation into Manafort did not end following the visit with Trump, according to the BBC, which said the file was passed on to the state prosecutor's office, where it did not move forward. Nearly every taxicab ride in the five boroughs is charged a 50-cent tax, money that helps fund the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Instead, he filed false tax returns created to hide the theft, they said. Freidman later made bail.
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. He was called the taxi king in NY.
Freidman told the court that he was very aware of the details of his plea deal, and his lawyer Patrick Egan, said he was pleased with the outcome.