While Republicans in Washington, D.C., are gathering the resources to publicly expose the reality of the FBI planting operatives in the Trump for President Campaign, and Americans impacted by the results of an election that really has changed the course of the nation, one news organization from overseas is reporting that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was paid by the Ukrainians to engineer some sort of meeting with their leader. And what’s worse, right after that meeting, the Ukrainian investigation into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort got dropped.
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.
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.
A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer in Mr. Poroshenko’s administration described what happened before the visit to the White House.
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.
Which proves, what, exactly? If Trump didn’t know about the payment, which is stated in the BBC piece, then what exactly is the issue other than Michael Cohen is a sleazeball? At this point, the BBC sources are much like the New York Times sources on all gossipy news from the Trump Administration. They are ANONYMOUS, and in this case, Russian, to boot.
The reality is that Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, and a number of others are all wrapped up in multiple angles of the whole #spygate web currently being untangled in the United States. This aspect of the whole affair is just another layer that all parties officially deny.
Someday we might actually find out what it all means.