Michael Cohen’s partner, Evgeny A. Friedman, who was disbarred this month, was looking at years in prison, for income tax evasion and other charges. Instead, he has agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development which many see as leverage to pressure Cohen to work with the Mueller investigation, i.e., flip. New York Times:
Under the agreement, the partner, Evgeny A. Freidman, a Russian immigrant who is known as the Taxi King, will avoid jail time, and will assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, according to a person briefed on the matter. […]
Mr. Trump’s lawyers have been resigned to the strong possibility that the investigation of Mr. Cohen’s businesses could lead him to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
That likelihood could become greater with a business partner of Mr. Cohen’s cooperating with law enforcement.
Friedman was an important domino to fall.