Stormy Daniels' lawyer: US company linked to Russian oligarch pa

by Garry Watts May 9, 2018, 5:11
Stormy Daniels' lawyer: US company linked to Russian oligarch pa

The FBI raided Cohen's office and home in April, seizing documents related to his $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels before the election and his taxi medallion holdings, among other things.

"They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017", the company said.

CNN later reported that special counsel Robert Mueller questioned Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian reportedly behind the payments, about the sums his company's USA affiliate paid to Cohen.

Avenatti's memo said the deposits into the account controlled by Cohen were made by Columbus Nova, an American investment company affiliated with the Renova Group, which is controlled by Russian billionaire Victor Vekselberg.

Cohen established the firm Essential Consultants in the weeks leading up to Election Day to make a $130,000 payment to Daniels, as a part of an agreement to prevent the porn star from discussing her alleged affair with Trump.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has questioned Mr Vekselberg about the payments into Mr Cohen's account, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Financial records reviewed by The New York Times show that Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and longtime fixer, used the shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, for an array of business activities that went far beyond what was publicly known.

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In all, transactions totaling at least $4.4 million flowed through Essential Consultants from shortly before Trump won the presidential election until January 2018, according to the Times.

The report released by Avenatti also claims that the bank account received payments totally almost $400,000 from global pharmaceutical company Novartis, and noted that Trump reportedly had a dinner meeting in Switzerland with the Novartis CEO shortly afterward the transactions were made. Korea Aerospace Industries paid $150,000.

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Emails to Vekselberg's company in Russian Federation seeking comment were not returned.

It "was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration", he said.

Michael Cohen, one of President Trump's lawyers, leaves federal court in NY on April 26.

Giuliani said that any payments made by Cohen would not have violated federal election law because they would have been made to protect Trump's family or for other personal reasons unrelated to the campaign.

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