Instead of being at the evidentiary hearing Friday in New York, Michael Cohen was meeting with cigar-smoking acquaintances outside The Regency, a NYC hotel. One person at the meeting was identified as Rotem Rosen. Mr. Rosen was the right hand man of billionaire Lev Leviev. Mr. Leviev is known as the “King of Diamonds” and is also a real estate tycoon who nurtured close ties to Vladimir Putin. Leviev was born in Uzbekistan and later immigrated to Israel in the 1970’s.
Even Jared Kushner is tangentially connected here,
According to an article published in The Guardian on July 24, 2017, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal worth $295m with Lev Avnerovich Leviev's firm cited in money-laundering case.
Cohen is obligated by Judge Kimba Wood to be in court Monday.
Stormy Daniel’s lawyer Michael Avenatti, who was in court Friday on behalf of his client, had this to say in a tweet (@MichaelAvenatti) today about Cohen’s absence from court Friday:
I am tired of saying this but there are no better words: You can’t make this stuff up! Instead of being in Fed Ct last Friday, Mr. Cohen met with his Russian associates.