AT&T confirms it paid Michael Cohen's firm to cosy up to Trump

AT&T confirms it paid Michael Cohen's firm to cosy up to Trump

AT&T confirms it paid Michael Cohen's firm to cosy up to Trump

Cohen's consulting outfit was the same shell company through which he made payments to Daniels.

Avenatti has repeatedly called for SARs relating to Cohen to be released.

AT&T and multiple news outlets then corroborated details of the payment, and Avenatti has been speculating that its part of Cohen's reimbursement for his Stormy Daniels hush money payments. AT&T confirmed the payments to CNBC and the Wall Street Journal.

Avenatti's material suggests the Treasury Department and the special counsel's office have bank and other records documenting wire transfers. The White House has denied the president had sex with the adult film actress.

AT&T: The U.S. telecoms giant sent four payments totaling $200,000 between October 2017 and January 2018. The reason for the payment was not known.

On Tuesday, Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, said investigators for his law firm had found that Novartis had paid Cohen's shell company almost $400,000 in four installments previous year.

"After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump's atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin".

At issue is an account of bank transactions involving Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

"Reports today that Viktor Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for payments to Michael Cohen are false", Columbus Nova lawyer Richard Owens of Latham & Watkins told the Daily Beast. "Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else outside of Columbus Nova was involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement".

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Jimenez did not respond to requests for comment.

Vekselberg's spokesman Andrey Shtorkh confirmed to The Washington Post in January that Vekselberg had attended Trump's inauguration as a guest of one of his American business partners. He built his fortune, now estimated by Forbes at $14.6 billion, by investing in the aluminum and oil industries.

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, in a statement Wednesday, said it in February 2017 entered into a one-year agreement with Essential Consultants, a US firm created by Cohen, "shortly after the election of President Trump, focused on USA healthcare policy matters". Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him.

But hiring the president's personal attorney for advice on how to woo Trump would be highly unusual, especially given that Cohen was never formally involved in the campaign or Trump's administration.

More broadly, the revelations show that companies with business interests before the US government hired Cohen, a longtime Trump associate, by paying him through Essential Consultants, which he also used to pay Daniels before the election.

It would be a big deal if Trump knew he hadn't reimbursed Cohen or knew that Vekselberg had underwritten the nondisclosure agreement. In a statement, Novartis said it entered into its one-year agreement with Cohen in February 2017.

Avenatti believes that the $500,000 from Vekselberg was meant to repay the hush money Cohen paid to Daniels.

"This agreement was also in no way related to the group dinner Dr. Narasimhan had at the World Economic Forum in Davos with President Trump and 15 Europe based industry leaders".

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