Michael Cohen’s brother, Bryan Cohen, has ties to Ukraine. Michael Cohen’s role could prove crucial as the ex-president’s hush money case flares up.
The investigation by federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller in New York has brought Michael Cohen into the news.
While President Donald Trump’s former fixer has been mocked for his personal business dealings, his brother Bryan, who shares his strong ties to Ukraine, has largely avoided the media spotlight.
Bryan Cohen, who is seven years younger than Michael, is also a lawyer by profession. He is the chief administrative officer of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, the new development subsidiary of one of the nation’s largest real estate brokers.
But he has also worked as a middleman between a Ukrainian farm and the US market.
Between 2011 and 2016, Ukrainian company Grain Alliance paid at least $7 million to an LLC registered with Bryan’s home, according to a review of financials by The Real Deal.
However, it took time to determine if any of the money went to Bryan Cohen personally.
Those payments, which were made after he started working for Douglas Elliman, have yet to be reported and come as business ties between Russia, Ukraine and the US are under tighter scrutiny.
Buzzfeed also reported on Bryan Cohen’s connections to Ukraine in 2017.
His connection to Ukrainian agribusiness started with family ties. Bryan’s father-in-law, Alex Oronov, was a Ukrainian-American businessman who returned to the Breadbasket of Europe in 1990 to start his own farming business, Harvest Moon East.
A turning point is approaching in the investigation into Donald Trump’s hush money payments. The payment was made to p*rn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.
On Saturday, March 18, 2023, Trump predicted he could be arrested this week.
He called on his political supporters to protest, even though his personal advisers said they had no specific knowledge of a possible charge and legal experts doubted an arrest was likely.
If an arrest were made, Donald Trump would become the first ex-president in the history of the United States of America to face criminal charges.
Trump is under investigation for a $130,000 payment he made just before the 2016 election to silence Stormy Daniels’ voice over a previous s*x affair.
Daniels claims she had consensual sex with Donald Trump in 2016.
Trump, however, has denied the accusation and called the investigation politically motivated “witch hunt,” urging his supporters to protest against his accusation and arrest.
Trump’s then-lawyer and private fixer, Michael Cohen, wired $130,000 to Daniels’ attorney after expressing her willingness to disclose the alleged sex affair with Trump.
Earlier this year she said: “I hope seeing Trump n*ked wasn’t in vain.”
Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer and convicted felon, is another pivotal plot point in the Manhattan case.
Michael has testified at least 20 times about the ex-president’s alleged illegalities.
He has since become a harsh critic of the ex-president, claiming that the ex-president threw him under the bus to protect his own reputation.
In 2020, Michael Cohen’s daughter, Samantha Cohen, said she was surprised by the ex-president’s behavior towards her father.
His closeness to Trump during the alleged hush money transaction could be critical if an indictment comes.