Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen once subleased out one of White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s swanky Park Avenue apartments to a Russian-born taxi magnate, NY Post reported.
The medallion mogul Evgeny “Gene” Freidman was Cohen’s partner in operating 32 taxi medallions. Cohen’s office was recently raided by the FBI, who seized several documents including some related to the $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, which had dominated headlines and become extremely controversial.
The report notes that Friedman needed a place to stay in 2015 after he was ordered to stay away from his estranged wife after he allegedly assaulted her. One month later she sued for divorce.
While Friedman’s wife stayed in the couple’s Upper East Side townhouse, Freidman moved with his dog Harry into Trump Park Avenue, the same building where Cohen lived with his family and where Jared and Ivanka owned at least two apartments, one of which they lived in before moving to Washington, DC.
Cohen and Friedman had a falling out when allegations emerged that Freidman — his business damaged by Uber and Lyft — stopped paying taxes on the medallions.
Freidman — who was Cohen’s partner in operating 32 taxi medallions that Cohen owned — is set to go on trial in May in Albany on charges of failing to pay $5 million to New York state, the NY Post reported.
Friedman had previously spent time in jail. He was sentenced in 2017 to 28 days in a Chicago jail for contempt of court.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed search warrants Monday on Cohen’s office and seized financial documents and other records possibly related to Trump’s contacts with Cohen, who paid $130,000 in hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before Trump’s 2016 election to keep her quiet about the 2006 one-night affair she claims to have had with Trump. Trump has said he had no knowledge of the payment, JV reported.
This latest revelation against Cohen can only be detrimental to the president who has been under investigation by Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller for over a year. The raid of Cohen’s does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but most likely resulted from information that he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York