Trump's lawyer Cohen allegedly paid by Russian oligarch

Trump's lawyer Cohen allegedly paid by Russian oligarch

Investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have interviewed the Russian oligarch, Viktor Vekselberg, over the payments to Cohen's company, Essential Consultants, CNN reported shortly after Avenatti released his report.

In a second tweet, Avenatti attached a document purporting to show that the oligarch, Victor Vekelsburg, and his cousin Andrew Intrater "routed eight payments to Mr. Cohen through a company named Columbus Nova LLC beginning in January 2017 and continuing until at least August 2017".

Sources said investigators also asked Vekselberg about donations made by the head of his company's USA affiliate to Trump's inaugural and campaign funds.

He says the payments came through a company called Columbus Nova, a US investment vehicle.

A wide-ranging new Penthouse interview with Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, finds the adult film actress contradicting one of President Donald Trump's most infamous claims from his presidential campaign.

Chief among these suspicious financial transactions are approximately $500,000 in payments received from Mr. Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch with an estimated net worth of almost $13 billion. "These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment".

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now President Donald Trump's personal attorney, said he doubted the veracity of a new report which detailed some questionable financial dealings of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney.

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According to the report, Novartis $NVS made four wire payments of $99,980 each, just under the $100,000 mark, which Avenatti noted began last fall and were wrapped in early January of this year, just weeks before soon-to-be CEO Vas Narasimhan met with Trump in Davos.

Financial documents reviewed on Tuesday by The Associated Press appeared to back up Avenatti's report.

In a statement by Columbus Nova's attorney, the company categorically denied any wrong doing.

Avenatti alleged that Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Cohen before the election to pay Daniels, was paid by several corporations, including AT&T.

The Russian oligarch in question, Viktor Vekselberg, was reportedly questioned at a NY area airport this year, and he was in attendance at Trump's inauguration.

According to Avenatti, the Essential Consultants account with First Republic would have had to comply with the bank's anti-money laundering protocol, which forced Cohen to confirm that it was a real estate consulting company with US -based, wealthy clients. "Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else other than Columbus Nova's owners was involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement".

Cohen's attorney, Steve Ryan, refused to discuss the $500,000 deposit when requested to do so by The Atlantic, but insisted it "wasn't a payment". The report claims Cohen made certain statements to his bank pursuant to its "anti-money laundering protocol".

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