A Ukrainian lawmaker loyal to Poroshenko then drew on personal contacts with the Port of Washington Chabad, which is a Jewish charity in NY, and this, the BBC reports, led them to Cohen, who received hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"I am one of thousands of medallion owners who entrust management companies to operate my medallions according to the rules of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission", Cohen wrote on his Twitter account.
Mueller's investigation has increasingly focused on Cohen and includes his work on Trump Tower Moscow, his personal business holdings and any payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.
A Ukrainian official said Cohen was paid $400,000 while another source put the figure at $600,000, the BBC reported. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss it and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Mr Cohen is facing a probe by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan, which is examining his business practices.
On Tuesday though, authorities allowed Freidman to avoid jail time by pleading guilty to just one count of evading $50,000 in taxes in exchange for his cooperation.
According to people with knowledge of his pitches, Cohen said he had the ultimate access to President Trump, while Lewandowski wouldn't be able to get things done.
Freidman, known as New York's "Taxi King", was indicted on state charges a year ago 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. He was accused of failing to pay the state $5 million in surcharges on taxi rides and pleaded guilty in Albany County to a single count of tax fraud.
Cohen, of course, is the one with "a lot of heat on him" right now.
Cohen is facing some legal troubles of his own. "Our boy can become president of the U.S. and we can engineer it", Sater wrote to Cohen, according to an email obtained by the Times. You basically couldn't be involved in the taxi business in New York City without dealing with "Gene" Freidman. But I'm willing to bet that Mr. Friedman, here, the guy who entered the plea deal, I'm willing to bet he knows. At this point, Michael Cohen, the only thing he can do to save himself from going to jail, because this guy, Mr. Friedman has now flipped and he's gonna work with NY prosecutors and he's gonna work with Robert Mueller.