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NYT: Michael Cohen's business partner to cooperate with investigations

Posted: 6:56 PM, May 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-22 22:56:33Z
NYT: Michael Cohen's business partner to cooperate with investigations

A New York taxi kingpin and business partner of President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen has agreed to cooperate with the government,  The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The Times said the agreement for Evegny "Gene" Freidman would allow him to avoid jail time and would have him work with prosecutors in both the state and federal investigations.

Word of the Freidman agreement came just days after  news broke  that Jeffrey Yohai, the son-in-law of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, had reached a plea agreement.

Freidman, known as New York's "Taxi King," was indicted on state charges last year by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged Freidman and others failed to pay $5 million in MTA surcharges between 2012 and 2015.

Freidman's agreement, given his  ties to Cohen  as a business partner, may put still more pressure on the Trump associate and attorney, who faced federal raids in April before the Justice Department  announced  it had been conducting a months-long investigation into him.

CNN  previously reported  the FBI searches included a request for documents related to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions and  sought information about taxi owners who had financial dealings with Cohen.

Cohen's role as Trump's personal attorney has come under increasing scrutiny, due in large part to the payment he conceded facilitating to the adult film star Stormy Daniels. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani  later admitted  that Trump had repaid Cohen.

News of the raids in early April  prompted Trump's outrage , as he called the searches "an attack on our country."