Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trump’s Lawyer Took $500k to Set Up Meeting Between Trump, Ukraine President

Trump’s Lawyer Took $500k to Set Up Meeting Between Trump, Ukraine President
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, was secretly paid anywhere from $400,000 to $600,000 to arrange a sit-down meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, according to a report released by the BBC on Wednesday.

The report, which cites several sources in Kiev, noted that the hefty payment was made through intermediaries acting on behalf of Poroshenko. 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.

As the story goes, the decision to bring Cohen into the fold was made after Ukraine's registered lobbyists and its Washington, DC, embassy failed to schedule a meeting between the two presidents that could be seen as "talks." Wanting to set up the backchannel, Poroshenko reportedly tasked a former aide and a Ukrainian MP to handle the matter.

The Ukrainian MP was later put in touch with Cohen after using personal contacts at a Jewish charity in New York.

Though sources confirmed the arrangement was made, discrepancies surfaced over the amount that Cohen was paid. One source stated that the 51-year-old lawyer was paid $400,000, while another indicated that he was paid some $600,000. The BBC report stressed that there was no indication that Trump was aware of the transaction.

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