WashPost: Cohen Touted Trump Connection to Lure in Clients

WashPost: Cohen Touted Trump Connection to Lure in Clients

The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels says he has additional evidence linking a Russian businessman to US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as global and US companies acknowledged large payments to Cohen's consulting firm. "There are official channels to do this, usually through the transition team", he said, adding that the Essential Consultants setup "looks more and more like the swamp Trump said he was going to drain".

"We cooperated fully, providing all information requested in November and December of 2017", AT&T said in a statement. Both companies say they now consider the matter closed.

"Michael Cohen should not be selling access to the president of the United States". Novartis said in a statement that it paid Cohen $100,000 a month for a year-long contract, thinking the longtime NY legal "fixer" with few Washington ties could advise on health care matters.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's home, office and hotel in April, Mueller issued a referral to the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of NY.

"I would refer you to the president's outside counsel to address those concerns", Sanders said at the daily press briefing. Ingraham asked. "It's like he's throwing this all at the feet of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, and there are other Michael Cohens".

Cohen is the only known figure tied to the DE limited liability corporation, and has admitted to paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 through Essential Consultants not to discuss her alleged 2006 tryst with President Trump.

"While much of the information in his "report" is completely inaccurate, Mr. Avenatti has published some information that appears to be from Mr. Cohen's actual bank records, and Mr. Cohen has no reason to believe that Mr. Avenatti is in lawful possession of these records", Cohen's attorneys write. In a section of Avenatti's own report, he describes what he says are possible fraudulent and illegal financial transactions Cohen was engaged in.

Bank records of the company payments to Cohen's firm and payments from Columbus Nova LLC, a New York-based investment firm linked to Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg should be released, Avenatti said. Those transactions amounted to less than $1,000 each, Avenatti said.

They included a subsidiary of Swiss-based drug-maker Novartis, telecom giant AT&T and Columbus Nova, an American firm tied to Russian businessman Victor Vekselberg, who is under US sanctions.

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Trump took office in January 2017 and Novartis signed a one-year contract a month later.

Cohen entered the public spotlight in 2017 when Buzzfeed published the Russian Federation dossier written by ex-British special agent Christopher Steele.

"They still haven't told anyone truly what the arrangement was with Michael Cohen, what it was for, why did they hire Michael Cohen to undertake this effort - to this effort and what they haven't said is that there was absolutely no contacts whatsoever or connection between their entity and this oligarch or Russia", Avenatti said Tuesday night on CNN.

Companies such as the telecoms giant AT&T and Novartis, a major pharmaceuticals firm, confirmed they paid Cohen, the president's personal attorney, large sums a year ago in return for what they describe as guidance on navigating the new administration.

Aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries paid Essential Consultants $150,000 in November 2017.

"This is not the first time that questions have arisen regarding potential interference by this administration in antitrust law enforcement", the lawmakers said. But the judge on the case blocked discovery on communications between the White House and the Justice Department and AT&T dropped that defense. This form of consulting grew dramatically under former President Barack Obama, who imposed regulations barring lobbyists from taking government jobs or entering the White House.

Avenatti is now being investigated by Treasury Department Inspector General on how the attorney obtained Cohen's confidential financial records.

The Treasury review was reported earlier by The Washington Post.

Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to once again decry news coverage about him.

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