Breaking: Cohen Got Massive Secret Payoff to Connect Trump to Ukrainian President
Ukranian Official Alleges Trump’s ‘Fixer’ Michael Cohen Received $400,000 to Arrange a Meeting Between Donald Trump and the President of Ukraine.
In what may be the most serious accusations against President Donald Trump and his cohorts to date, the BBC is reporting that Michael Cohen accepted at least $400,000 to arrange a formal meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.
Mr. Cohen denies the allegation.
The meeting at the White House was last June. Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country’s anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
According to the same source:
Mr Cohen was brought in, he said, because Ukraine’s registered lobbyists and embassy in Washington DC could get Mr. Poroshenko little more than a brief photo-op with Mr. Trump. Mr. Poroshenko needed something that could be portrayed as “talks”.
This senior official’s account is as follows – Mr. Poroshenko decided to establish a back channel to Mr. Trump. The task was given to a former aide, who asked a loyal Ukrainian MP for help.
He in turn used personal contacts in a Jewish charity in New York state, Chabad of Port Washington. This eventually led to Michael Cohen, the president’s lawyer and trusted fixer. Mr Cohen was paid $400,000.
The BBC points out that there is no evidence that President Trump knew of this payment. This is, however, a potential silver bullet for Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who already has Cohen in his cross-hairs, having raided his offices last month.
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