Cohen reportedly got $400K to arrange talks between Trump, Ukrainian president

President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen pocketed a secret payment of at least $400,000 to arrange talks between the Ukrainian president and Trump, a new report said Wednesday.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, sources in Kiev told the BBC, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.

The meeting at the White House followed last June, and shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country’s anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump’s ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, the BBC said.

A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer in Poroshenko’s administration described what happened before the visit to the White House.

Cohen was brought in, the intel officer said, because Ukraine’s registered lobbyists and the embassy in Washington, DC, couldn’t get Poroshenko a sitdown with the president.

The source said that Poroshenko wanted to establish a back channel to Trump.

A former member of Ukraine’s parliament then contacted a Jewish charity on Long Island, Chabad of Port Washington, which led to the payment to the president’s self-described fixer.

The network said there was no indication that Trump knew about the payment.

A second source in Kiev told a similar story, but said that Cohen was paid $600,000.

Cohen and the two Ukrainians who allegedly opened the back channel denied the story.

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