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24 May 2018, 05:00 | Justin Tyler
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While prosecutors declined to discuss with ABC News how Friedman is prepared to assist them in the criminal investigation of Cohen, they typically know in advance what a potential witness could offer in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Under U.S. law, a person can not work on behalf of a foreign official or government unless they register with the federal government.
Poroshenko, the source claimed, needed something he could portray as "talks" because of he wanted to make amends Manafort revelations that came out of the 2016 election.
"A no jail time deal like this strongly suggests a level of cooperation significant enough to incriminate other significant subjects", he said.
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.
Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine, which is a legal requirement for doing work such as arranging an Oval Office meeting.
Trump met with Poroshenko at the White House on June 20, 2017, in what was officially called a "drop-by" visit after the Ukrainian leader's separate talks with Vice President Mike Pence.
Cohen denies the BBC's report, and the Ukrainians identified by the BBC as having opened the backchannel to Mr. Trump also denied the report.
On Tuesday, The Timesreported that Freidman, who was indicted past year on felony charges of criminal tax fraud and grand larceny by the ny attorney general, agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness as part of a plea deal with the state of ny.
The investigation into Mr Cohen arose in part from special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, something that Mr Trump has repeatedly denied.
At that private meeting, as the New York Post reported, Rodriguez stated that the city needs to "explore the possibility to pay restitution for those who value in that investment".
By 2003, Cohen owned a fleet of 200 taxi cabs, working in partnership with a Ukrainian immigrant named Simon Garber.
There is no evidence that Trump had knowledge of monies paid to Cohen for the meeting. Trump has denied having an affair, but admitted that he had made a payment of more than $100,000 to Cohen in 2017. The report cited a second source out of Kiev as stating Cohen was paid $600,000. Cohen and lawyers representing President Trump are asking the court to block Justice Department officials from reading documents and materials related to his Cohen's relationship with President Trump that they believe should be protected by attorney-client privilege.
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