So I’m sitting here minding my own business watching a replay of All In with Chris Hayes and I hear a little gossipy tidbit about Trump consigliere Michael Cohen co-owning taxi medallions in Manhattan. “Oh jeez,” this native New Yorker thought, “there’s a story there.”

You’ll be shocked to learn that, yes, Michael “Says Who?” Cohen’s side gig as a taxi magnate are instructive to the issues he’s facing as Donald Trump’s fixer and make-things-go-away-er.

New York Daily News’ lede sentence says it all: “He had money to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000, but not the more than $50,000 to pay the state for his medallion taxes.” We’ll come back to Cohen’s “available funds” in a minute. 

RELATED: DEPOSED TAXI KING IS SUED IN CHICAGO

Cohen partnered with a delightful chap named Evgeny “Gene” Naumovich Freidman, who immigrated from Russia to the United States in 1976 and was actually one of the first taxi executives to push for hybrid vehicles in New York City. But after ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft popped up both he and Cohen fell on hard times.

According to that Daily News piece Cohen and his wife owe $54K in back taxes—which started at around $30K but grew due to delinquency. Factor in Wall Street Journal‘s reporting yesterday that Cohen secured nearly $800K in what appears to be a line of credit to assist Trump in making accusers go away, it puts his taxi-related financial woes in sharp relief.

I’ll update this post with new information as I get it. Cohen is legit in a heap of trouble. 🔵


Will Pollocksideways is an Atlanta-based freelance multimedia journalist focusing on pop-culture, politics, journalism & media, retail, real estate, travel, politics, and human interest.

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