Stormy Daniels' lawyer alleges Trump attorney Cohen received $500000 from Russian oligarch

Stormy Daniels' lawyer alleges Trump attorney Cohen received $500000 from Russian oligarch

AT&T, based in Dallas, made four payments of $50,000 apiece around the end of previous year, according to Avenatti.

AT&T confirmed the payments, but not the amount.

Avenatti also said he discovered four payments of just under $100,000 each by drugmaker Novartis NOVN.S to Essential Consultants, the same company used by Cohen to make payments to Daniels.

Among those payments were $200,000 from AT&T, whose proposed merger with Time Warner is now before the courts after the Justice Department sued to block the sale.

CNN reported Tuesday evening that Mueller's investigators have questioned Vekselberg about payments his company's USA affiliate made to Cohen.

The payments tied to Vekselberg came from an American firm called Columbus Nova, which has financial ties to Renova, a global conglomerate run by Vekselberg. An executive at Columbus Nova did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The report gave no indication of what services Cohen provided. It also denied that Essential did any legal or lobbying work for the company. "Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else other than Columbus Nova's owners, were involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement".

Speaking to The Guardian, Avenatti said: 'I don't know how he will ultimately spin his departure, but I firmly believe there is going to be too much evidence of wrongdoing by him and those around him for him to be able to survive the balance of his term'. "What was Michael Cohen's business?"




Separately, federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating the payment and Mr Cohen's broader business practices.

Sources have told CNN that investigators sought and seized documents and records related to a number of issues, including Cohen's various businesses.

Cohen's company, according to the report, received large sums of money from companies with an interest in Trump administration business.

Baldwin's Trump instead hits on Daniels, saying "my polls are up".

Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer, faces a criminal investigation in part over the payment to Daniels.

Speculating without offering proof, the Avenatti memo said, "It appears these funds may have replenished the account following the payment to Ms. Clifford".

Ohlin said, however, that it was not clear that Trump's retainer agreement with Cohen created a financial obligation that should have been disclosed. The payment was entirely unrelated to his campaign, Trump added.

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