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

Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen'paid $400k to set up meeting with Ukrainian President

Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen'paid $400k to set up meeting with Ukrainian President

Poroshenko sought an audience with Trump and directed confidantes to orchestrate it, according to the report, using the Chabad house as a channel to reach Cohen and, through him, the president.

The business partner of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has entered into a plea agreement with the state attorney general that could lead to him cooperating in a federal probe of Cohen.

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.

A spokeswoman for the NY state attorney general did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Last summer, Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko was eager to meet with Donald Trump, but all his handlers could secure was a White House photo-op.

The Ukrainian sources also say Cohen was helped by Felix Sater, a former Trump Organization official who worked with Cohen in a failed attempt to build Trump Tower Moscow.

The report comes amid growing pressure on Cohen, who worked for years as Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer", helping to smooth business deals and make new ones for Trump's business empire.

One anonymous Trump campaign aide told the Daily Beast Cohen was "furious" at how much credit Lewandowski was claiming for Trump's early wins in the primaries.

Shortly after Poroshenko's visit, Ukraine's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager who became a registered agent for the Ukrainian government after his work for it was revealed in the presidential campaign.

"The Trump regime responded through its skeletal mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani: "[Trump's] just not involved in the taxis". So yeah, he knows a lot about Michael Cohen. During that period of time, he was operating taxis controlled by Cohen, according to people familiar with their relationship.

Trump attorney Michael Cohen denied he was paid by the Ukraine to arrange an Oval Office meeting between its president and Donald Trump. "I've already publicly said that this is destroying my life".

A Ukrainian official said Mr Cohen was paid $US400,000 while another source put the figure at $US600,000 ($796,000), the BBC reported.

It suggests the Trump camp received a quid pro quo-the cessation of the investigation into Manafort.

"There was never a direct order to stop the Manafort inquiry but from the way our investigation has progressed, it's clear that our superiors are trying to create obstacles", the prosecutor in charge of the case, Serhiy Horbatyuk, told the BBC.

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