Michael Cohen—Trump’s “fixer” and personal lawyer—is in a heap of trouble. A former business partner of his in the NYC taxi business just pleaded guilty to tax evasion and will not receive jail time thanks to his promise to assist investigators regarding Cohen’s misdeeds. This places Cohen and his beloved boss Trump in deep peril.
According to Vanity Fair, confidantes close to Cohen have claimed that the embattled Trump loyalist remarked that “just can’t take this anymore,” presumably in reference to his worsening legal position, which includes potentially illegal payouts from various businesses and malfeasance regarding his hush payment to Stormy Daniels regarding her alleged affair with Trump.
A report from the BBC today further underscores the deep trouble Cohen faces. According to the BBC, the Ukrainian government paid Cohen $400,000 to arrange a meeting between the nation’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and Trump. The Ukrainian government sought a high profile meeting rather than a photo opportunity and—following the payment to Cohen through a line of intermediaries stretching from the highest reaches of power in Ukraine to a Jewish charity in NYC—received such a meeting, which took place last summer.
Speculation has abounded after it leaked that two Suspicious Activity Reports (or SARs) relating to Cohen’s finances were missing from the US Treasury. It is unclear if these reports were squirreled away with malicious intent by someone protecting the Trump Administration or if they were kept confidential out of deference to ongoing investigations.
The Ukrainian payout to Cohen could very well be listed in one of the missing reports.