Michael Cohen Reportedly Rented Ivanka’s Park Avenue Apartment to Disreputable Russian-American Taxi Magnate

According to a report on Page Six, Trump family fixer Michael Cohen once sublet out one of White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s swanky Park Avenue apartments to a Russian-born taxi magnate.


According to the report, Evgeny “Gene” Freidman was Cohen’s partner in operating 32 taxi medallions that Cohen owned which have become a subject of interest to  FBI investigators.

The report notes that Friedman was in need of a place to stay in 2015 after he was ordered to stay away from his estranged wife after he allegedly assaulted her. One month later she sued for divorce.

According to the report, his wife remained in their Upper East Side townhouse while Friedman moved with his dog into Trump Park Avenue — the same building where Cohen lived with his family. Cohen arranged for Friedman to rent one of the multiple apartments owned by Ivanka and Jared.

“When Gene was thrown out of his townhouse, Cohen got him one of Jared and Ivanka’s apartments,” a source told Page Six, adding that Freidman was able to move back to his own home after the divorce was finalized and his wife moved on.

According to the report, Cohen and Friedman had a falling out when allegations emerged that Freidman — his business damaged by Uber and Lyft — stopped paying taxes on the medallions.

Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, Cohen nemesis Micheal Avenatti — the attorney for Stormy Daniels — accused Cohen of hanging about with friends with Russian ties on Friday as the FBI is investigating Trump’s personal lawyer for a multitude of reasons.

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