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1. In 2007 Michael #Cohen became executive vice president of the #TrumpOrganization and special counsel to Donald #Trump.

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2.#Cohen has admitted he got inspired wanted to work with #Trump after reading the "Art of the Deal" twice.

abcnews.go.com/Politics/donal…
3.#Cohen stated that "Over the years I have been offered very lucrative employment opportunities, which I summarily dismissed,” “To those of us who are close to #Trump, he is more than our boss. He is our patriarch"
4. In July 2015, #Cohen vowed to “mess up” the life of a @DailyBeast reporter who brought up the decades-old allegation that #Trump raped #Ivana.

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nydailynews.com/news/politics/…
5.#Cohen has also spoken about his desire to “gut” Megyn Kelly when she challenged #Trump

slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

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6.Other people at the #TrumpOrganization has compared #Cohen and his work to the work of the fictional character of "Tom Hagen" (consigliere of Vito and Michael Corleone from the "Godfather)

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abcnews.go.com/Politics/donal…
8.Other than that #Cohen has been a lifelong (sadly) #Democrat and voted for #BarackObama in 2008.
He registered as a #Republican after #Trump´s inauguration in 2017.

washingtonexaminer.com/michael-cohen-…

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9.#Cohen was both expected to be part of the #TrumpAdministration and expected himself to be part of it ,after all the years of loyal service to #Trump, but #Trump chose not to.

nytimes.com/2017/07/02/us/…

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10. It is not unreasonable to assume that #Cohen not getting a role is #Cohen appearing in #Russia related stories, both during the campaign and afterwards, one of those particularly damaging for #Trump, the #SteeleDossier

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11.#Cohen´s name shows up on several occasions in documentation of continuous contact between #Trump associates and #Russian operatives during the presidential campaign.

documentcloud.org/documents/3259…

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12.On page 18 of the #dossier, it says that #Cohen met with #Kremlin representatives in #Prague lin #August to conduct damage control on a pair of “western media revelations”

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13.#Cohen himself rejected the notion that he was the man referenced in the #dossier. #Cohen he made public his own passport stamps, saying he could not have been in the #CzechRepublic in August.

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14.After #Trump´s inauguarion #Cohen met in late January with a #Moscow-connected #Ukrainian politician, regarding a “peace agreement” intended to lift sanctions that had been imposed on #Russia.

nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/…

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15.#Cohen attended the meeting at the urging of Felix #Sater, a mob-connected businessman working for #Trump

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16. As a result of that meeting, #Cohen joined other #Trump associates already under investigation in the #FBI’s inquiry related to #Russia.

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17.After that story broke, #Cohen has tried (until now) tried to stay out of the limelight, but has failed since #Cohen has been investigated by both Media and #Mueller simultaneously.

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nytimes.com/2017/07/02/us/…
18.#Cohen and #Sater who are also child hood friends worked closely together in the early months of #Trump’s campaign on a plan to build a #TrumpTower in #Moscow

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washingtonpost.com/politics/top-t…
19.#Sater suggested to #Cohen that #Cohen should #email Dmitry #Peskov, #Putin’s personal spox, to get #Kremlin approval of the project while #Trump, lavished #Putin with praise at debates and rallies.

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washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/w…
20.#Sater #emailed #Cohen saying Buddy our boy can become president of the #USA and we can engineer it, I will get #Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected

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22.#Cohen received his law degree from a low-ranked #Michigan school, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School — a “diploma mill” which later rebranded as Western Michigan University.

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23.#Cohen was admitted to the #NewYork Bar in 1992 practicing as a personal injury lawyer.
His clients though were mostly #Ukrainian immigrants mostly wealthy or became wealthy.

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24.His first real business connection to #Russia was a taxi business in partnership with Simon #Garber, who started with a #Moscow cab company, and now has huge stakes in cab ownership in #NewYork, #Chicago and #NewOrleans.

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25.This is Simon Garber

Taxy Simon Garber via @YouTube
26. By 2003, #Cohen and #Garber were running more than 200 taxis in #NewYork, with #Cohen earning $90,000 a month in 2011.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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27.The #Cohen #Garber partnership ended in 2012 after a nasty legal dispute.

iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentD…

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28.After the partnership with #Garber ended, #Cohen gave his 15 medallion companies to Evgeny #Friedman, a #Russian immigrant who holds the single largest collection of medallions in #NewYork.

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29 .#Cohen then went into the casino boat business,partnering with #Tatarchuk and #Vaygensberg, these are close with a man who has #FSU mob ties, and with lawyer connected to late mob legend #MeyerLansky

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buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier…
30.The gambling venture was hit by several lawsuits from unhappy workers and investors.

documentcloud.org/documents/3509…

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31. In 1998 #Cohen incorporated #Ukrainian Capital Partners LP and #Ukrainian Capital Growth Fund Corp. #Ukrainian Growth Fund was dissolved in 2002,Capital Partners is still active.

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32.Starting at the millennium #Cohen and his relatives started buying properties with the #Trump name.
#Cohen obtained his first in 2001: a unit in #TrumpWorldTower and kept on buying.

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33.#Cohen was so impressed he convinced his parents, his in-laws and a business partner to buy too #Cohen’s in-laws purchased two more units and one at #Trump Grande in Sunny Isles, #Florida

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nypost.com/2007/02/22/upp…
34.#Cohen then bought at #Trump Palace at 200 E. 69th St., and #Trump Park Avenue, #Trump Place on Riverside Boulevard and finally #TrumpPlaza Jersey City

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nypost.com/2007/02/22/upp…
35. By the time #Cohen started working for #Trump ,#Cohen, his relatives and his business partner had purchased a combined 11 #Trump properties.
Why and where did the money come from?

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36,Around the time #Cohen began buying these properties in 2000-2001, Felix #Sater first approached #Trump.
When #Cohen grew up, he knew and ran in the same circles as #Sater living on #LongIsland

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talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/mich…
37.When #Cohen grew up, he knew and ran in the same circles as #Sater living on #LongIsland in #NewYork

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talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/mich…
38.#Sater’s family immigrated to the #USA in the 1970s, landing in the Brighton Beach area heavily populated by #Soviet emigres — and where the #Trump family owned lots of buildings.

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39. In 2015, while working for #Trump, #Cohen bought a $58 million apartment building on the Upper East Side. #Cohen also holds multiple apartments and other buildings on Lower East Side and in Kips Bay

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therealdeal.com/2015/02/12/tru…
40.#Russians and others from the former #SovietUnion seeking to move funds West and prone to #MoneyLaundering are among the biggest buyers of #NewYork real estate.

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41.#Cohen´s wife Laura is from #Ukraine. So is his brother Bryan #Cohen’s wife, Oxana.
All of these connections connect to #Ukraine #Russia and of course connects to #Trump

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42.Bryan #Cohen’s father-in-law, Alex #Oronov emigrated with his family to the #UnitedStates in 1978. His influence or skills of persuasion were so good that he persuaded #Kremlin to permit him to open a gift shop at the museum

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43.After #Ukraine became independent in 1994, #Oronov spotted a far more lucrative opportunity: #Ukraine’s privatized bounty of grain. #Ukraine has some of #Europe’s largest acreage of arable land highly fertile and productive.

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44.#Oronov founded Harvest Moon (later rebranded as Grain Alliance); Bryan #Cohen served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Grain Alliance, Americas.

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45 .In this and similar ventures #Oronov became wealthy, working with a network of well-connected #Ukrainian politicians and businessmen with mob ties. One of his partners was Viktor #Topolov closely associated with “well known” members of the #Russian and #Ukrainian underworld.
46.#Topolov ignored subpoenas and lied about his role in a money-laundering and fraud investigation in the late 1990s.

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buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier…
47.Starting Around 2000, #Ukraine increasingly started getting in the middle of conflicts between the West and #Russia. Ukraine was once one of the most valuable parts of the #USSR.

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48.#Russia´s struggle to control #Ukraine, its political leaders and resources, played a major role in #Russia’s decision to enter #Ukraine militarily in 2014. This led the West to impose sanctions that have severely harmed #Russia’s economy
49.Also at stake for #Russia is the future of the pipelines that pass through #Ukraine, bringing #Russian natural gas to Western #Europe. Russia is not happy that its lucrative gas exports needs to pass #Ukraine

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50.Going head to head in the battles to control the future of this resource are sovereign nations, international corporations, shadowy public-private entities, and shady figures like Semion #Mogilevich

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ozy.com/provocateurs/t…
51.#Mogilevich is the most powerful mobster in the world. His sub-boss, Vyacheslav #Ivankov, was sent to #America, and discovered by the #FBI living in #TrumpTower,later, having fled Manhattan, in a #TrumpCasino

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52.#Mogilevich was identified as the secret majority owner of the #Ukrainian stake in a intermediary company, half-owned by #Gazprom. #Ivankov later stated that #Mogilevich and #Putin were close; soon after #Ivankov was gunned down in #Moscow

reuters.com/article/russia…
53. Another beneficiary of the #Ukrainian pipeline situation was Paul #Manafort, who was paid millions of dollars by prominent players in the natural gas scramble.

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54.While questions swirled about the international ramifications of the pipeline battle, #Sater traveled to #Ukraine and #Russia searching for properties to develop with the #TrumpOrganization

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55.#Cohen has downplayed his connections to the #FSU saying he has only been to #Ukraine twice because His “brother’s father-in-law [#Oronov] lives in #Kiev

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yahoo.com/news/trump-att…
56.#Cohen would not have to travel to see his relative. #Oronov had homes in the #USA one on #Long sland and one at the #TrumpHollywood ,#Oronov was even registered to vote in #Florida.

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trump.com/real-estate-po…
57.#Cohen said that they didn't know about #Topolov when they pitched the project. But if they didn’t know they failed to do due diligence in a situation well-known to be rife with financial criminals.

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buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier…
57.Both #Cohen and #Sater has ties to people who is either themselves in organized crime, or connected to it, and to those whose interests coincide with those of #Putin and his #oligarchics

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58.#Topolov employed three executives the #FBI have described as members of #Russian organized-crime network: one, a mob enforcer closely associated with #Mogilevich,responsible for at least 20 murders.

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59 .In 2006, the year before he went to work fulltime for #Trump, #Cohen suddenly went big-time, becoming, briefly, a partner at #PhillipsNizer, #Cohen counted #Trump as one of his many high-profile wealthy clients

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60.With #Sater already working with #Trump, this meant that for much of 2007, two of #Trump’s key people both had major ties to the #FSU.

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61. At the same time a third figure enters with strong links into the FSU: Paul #Manafort.

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62. in 2006 a close #Putin associate #Deripaska signed a $10 million a year contract with #Manafort based on what #Manafort presented as efforts inside the #UnitedStates that would greatly benefit #Putin

apnews.com/122ae0b5848345…

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64. In 2010 and 2012, while working for #Trump, #Cohen traveled to #Kazakhstan and #Georgia. #Bayrock had earlier received large infusions of cash from #Kazakhstan, and #Georgia through #MoneyLaundering

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65. In 2013, leading up to the #Olympics in #Sochi, a close #Putin ally reached out to Trump.

Aras #Agalarov, paid #Trump millions of dollars to bring #Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant to #Moscow.

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66. An #Instagram post by #Agalarov’s son shows #Cohen with #Trump and #Agalarov at the #TrumpVegas around the time the deal was inked.

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67.Around the same time, Vladimir #Putin awarded #Agalarov a state medal for his entrepreneurial and philanthropic contributions to #Russia

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bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
68. #Ukranian behind peace plan #Artemenko had known #Cohen for years. #Cohen’s brother’s father-in-law was tied to #Artemenko through business. #Artemenko tied to #Topolov- money-laundering politician in business with #Oronov

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69.#Artemenko himself said that his #Russia-#Ukraine sanctions proposal had been discussed with #Cohen and #Sater back during the primaries in early 2016, just as #Trump was emerging as the frontrunner.

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70.Having #Cohen and #Sater deliver the“peace proposal” to #Flynn,kept #Trump himself out of the loop, something #Cohen would well understand.

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71.#Artemenko’s role in the meetings with #Cohen and #Sater led #Ukraine’s chief prosecutor to open a #treason investigation

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nytimes.com/2017/02/21/wor…
72.#Artemenko’s bumbling admission about the meeting, is reminiscent of the “indiscretion” of #Kislyak,who went to the #Republican convention to meet with #Manafort about softening the GOP’s stance toward #Russia

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73.#Trump and #Manafort has vigorously denied it, #Kislyak has gone public with his own account of the meetings

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