Firm Tied to Russian Oligarch Made Payments to Michael Cohen

11 May, 2018, 04:01 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Novartis Paid More than $1 Million to Firm Linked to Trump Lawyer

Essential Consultants, a limited liability company Cohen used to pay porn star Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election, received payments from companies that had business with the Trump administration.

Columbus Nova, a company whose US chief executive Andrew Intrater and Russian investment partner Viktor Vekselberg have both reportedly been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller III's team, is listed as the registrant behind a handful of domains for websites named after alt-right that were created during the 2016 election.

They say Avenatti made statements "in an apparent attempt to prejudice and discredit Mr. Cohen" after April 9 raids on his home and office.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on Wednesday disputed some of the allegations from a report questioning payments made to Cohen's company, saying it contained "numerous inaccurate statements". What did they believe Michael Cohen, who admitted paying Stormy Daniels $130,000 to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump, could offer in terms of the administration's healthcare policy?

The White House has denied Mr Trump had sex with Ms Daniels. Cohen is not only Trump's lawyer, he's also reportedly a close confidant of the president.

An AT&T spokeswoman didn't respond when asked how AT&T learned of Cohen's consulting services or whether it paid Cohen more than $200,000.

AT&T says it paid President Donald Trump's personal lawyer beginning in early 2017 to consult on how Trump might approach a range of policy issues, including antitrust enforcement. AT&T said Cohen's company "did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017". The companies later confirmed the payments.

AT&T is generally supportive of the Trump administration's moves to change net neutrality rules, though the company has publicly called on Congress to settle the internet freedom debate by passing a federal net neutrality law. It said the company did not become aware of the "controversy surrounding Cohen" until January 2018 when it was reported in the news.


"With a new administration coming in, basically, all the traditional contacts disappeared and they were all new players", the source continued.

He then requested: "Why is Michael Cohen refusing to supply the financial institution statements to the general public if what we now have asserted will not be true?"

Khanna acknowledges that there may be a perfectly innocent explanation for what AT&T did.

Essential Consultants apparently does a lot more than buy silence. The two men arrived eight minutes apart, according to a press pool report from that day.

"I'm crushing it", he said, according to an associate who spoke to him in the summer of 2017...

Cohen's relations with Trump began with his dabbling in real estate and purchases of apartments in Trump buildings in NY.

"Once again (for at least for the 20th time) - ALL fees and expenses of this case have either been funded by our client, Ms. Stephanie Clifford, or by donations from our crowdjustice.com page", he said. Vekselberg has denied through a spokesman that he or the company he founded, Renova Group, have had any "contractual relationship" with Cohen. AT&T's plan to acquire Time Warner was, at the time, awaiting government approval, and the FCC's Ajit Pai was considering ways to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality rules. "EC provided insights into Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and other accounting standards in the U.S. KAI's contract with EC ended in November previous year, and there hasn't been any exchange since then".

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