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Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks
BBC ^ | 23 May 2018 | Paul Wood

Posted on 05/23/2018 11:42:37 AM PDT by Magnatron

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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bbc; cohen; fakenews; ukraine
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To: dfwgator

“Ukraine is the new Russia.”
So does this indicate the the DNC is allied with Russia, that Hillary may have colluded against the Ukraine?

Did Obama look the other way when Russia took the Crimea from the Ukraine in 2014?

21 posted on 05/23/2018 1:23:32 PM PDT by Yulee
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To: Magnatron
according to sources .

Mr Cohen denies the allegation.

A second source

There was also support for the account from a lawyer in the US who has uncovered details of Mr Cohen's finances, Michael Avenatti. He represents a porn actress

Several sources in Ukraine

None of our sources

One source in Kiev said

Drawing on "senior, well placed" intelligence sources in Kiev

This has all the smell of disinformation, a deliberate fake article to discredit and weaken Trump and any budding US-Ukrainian relationship. I say the Russians are behind it.

Here is the statement that should lead the article and be given prominence: As well as Mr Cohen, the two Ukrainians said to have opened the backchannel for their president also denied the story.

22 posted on 05/23/2018 1:24:24 PM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: catnipman

Maybe Chalupa is in Kiev

23 posted on 05/23/2018 2:02:07 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Magnatron

What was Hillary’s right hand man Podesta getting paid, again?

24 posted on 05/23/2018 2:03:23 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Magnatron
OK, lets say they did, did he try and was he successful???

if not, so what?

25 posted on 05/23/2018 2:53:56 PM PDT by Chode (You have all of the resources you are going to have. Abandon your illusions and plan accordingly.)
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To: Magnatron

So this is a problem, and all the millions paid to the Clinton Foundation for access to Hillary isn’t.

26 posted on 05/23/2018 3:41:38 PM PDT by WASCWatch
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To: Magnatron

Its the way Ukrainians think - the embedded culture of getting around Russiin tyranny via bribes - it goes back centuries.

Its also a logical strategy when trading for ‘favors later, which usually don’t happen’.

Hillary (an actual employee of our country) was paid by foreigners to sell out our country. Why isn’t that a bigger issue ?

27 posted on 05/23/2018 4:04:55 PM PDT by elbook
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Cohen apparently decided to milk the fact that POTUS had been his client by selling “advice” to foreign entities - advice which he actually, it seems, did not have to give, but hey - isn’t a sucker born every minute, even overseas?

Now, if it turns out he didn’t follow the minutiae of US laws and regulations for having foreign business dealings, he may find himself in some legal trouble.

POTUS? I am almost 100% dead-certain he know nothing about any of this (otherwise he would have fired Cohen on the spot).

Cohen seems to be an opportunist whose biggest client brought him some unanticipated “windfall” profits ... followed by other, equally unanticipated, legal scrutiny ...

28 posted on 05/23/2018 4:21:55 PM PDT by Simon Foxx
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To: libertylover

Obama met with Ukranian President in April 2016 and discussed getting 1B loan from US. But that is ok.

29 posted on 05/23/2018 4:27:20 PM PDT by Engedi
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To: Engedi

this has been BBC’s top headline on their World Service Radio for hours.

30 posted on 05/23/2018 5:11:32 PM PDT by MAGAthon
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To: glaseatr

#13. Why would the President of Ukraine need a back channel to talk to the President of the United States”. SIMPLE. His only pay phone is out of order.

31 posted on 05/24/2018 8:46:17 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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32 posted on 05/26/2018 6:15:22 AM PDT by glaseatr (Father of a Marine, Uncle of SGT Adam Estep. A Co. 2/5 Cav. KIA Thurs April 29, 2004 Baghdad Iraq)
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To: kabar
The DNC met with the Ukrainian government to get dirt on Trump.

That's different. Hillary was supposed to win.

33 posted on 05/26/2018 6:21:05 AM PDT by Drew68
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