BREAKING: Michael Cohen’s Business Partner Flips – Dirty Cop Mueller Hopes to Use Him to Squeeze Trump Lawyer
Evgeny A. Freidman, Michael Cohen’s business partner in a taxi cab venture quietly decided to cooperate with the government as a potential witness to avoid jail time.
Robert Mueller could then use this as leverage to pressure Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen to work with the Special Counsel investigation into ‘Russian interference.’
The New York Times reports:
A significant business partner of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has quietly agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure Mr. Cohen to work with the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Under the agreement, the partner, Evgeny A. Freidman, a Russian immigrant who is known as the Taxi King, will avoid jail time, and will assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, according to a person briefed on the matter.
FBI agents raided Michael Cohen’s office and residence recently looking for ways to get Trump’s lawyer to flip.
Since the raid, Cohen’s bank records have leaked to the public through Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti.
Others in Cohen’s inner circle have been a target of investigators in an effort to get Cohen to cooperate with Robert Mueller.
Mr. Freidman has been Mr. Cohen’s partner in the taxi business for years, managing cabs for him even after New York City regulators barred Mr. Freidman last year from continuing to manage medallions.
Mr. Freidman, who was disbarred earlier this month, had been accused of failing to pay more than $5 million in taxes and faced four counts of criminal tax fraud and one of grand larceny — all B felonies. Each carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
Instead, he appeared in court in Albany on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a single count of evading only $50,000 worth of taxes; he faces five years of probation if he fulfills the terms of his agreement, the judge, Patrick Lynch of Albany County court, said during the roughly 20-minute proceeding.
Since Mueller has nothing on President Trump and his so-called collusion with the Russians, his team of hack lawyers have focused on anyone connected to Trump in an effort to destroy people’s lives.