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Michael Cohen’s Business Partner to Cooperate With Prosecutors

A business partner of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, has agreed to cooperate with the government as “a potential witness,” according to The New York Times. Evgeny A. Freidman, also known as the Taxi King, will reportedly “avoid jail time” as part of the plea deal and “will assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations.” Freidman has been Cohen’s partner in his taxi ventures “for years,” and even managed cabs for Cohen after the state barred him from managing taxi medallions, the newspaper reported. Freidman was charged with “failing to pay more than $5 million in taxes,” as well as four counts of tax fraud and one count of grand larceny. In court on Tuesday, Freidman only pleaded guilty to one charge of evading $50,000 in taxes. He faces four years of probation if he holds up his end of the agreement. This comes as the special counsel’s office has been “examining” Cohen’s behavior, and as federal investigators raided Cohen’s office, hotel room, and residence to seize materials related to Trump’s alleged affairs with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.