Cohen scrutiny grows after Daniels' lawyer reports payment from Russian oligarch, corporations

Charlene Craig
May 10, 2018

Priceless = Watching all of the companies that sent money to the LLC slush fund come up with different alleged reasons for hiring Mr. Cohen - "accounting advice", "real estate consulting", "insight", etc. Cohen is best known as the lawyer who paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, the woman who claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump.

"AT&T confirms the payment, and explains it away saying they paid Cohen as a consultant to "gain insight" into the Trump White House", the group adds.

In a statement on its website, Columbus Nova claims that while Renova Group - the Russian holding company controlled by Vekselberg - is its biggest client, it is nevertheless a completely separate entity.

It's not surprising that today, Columbus Nova is claiming independence from Vekeselberg.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who leads the inquiry into possible electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, has accused Manafort of money laundering, in addition to making false statements.

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Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer is under federal investigation for potential bank fraud, among other crimes.

AT&T announced a plan to acquire media firm Time Warner in October 2016.

The company said it hired Cohen on a $100,000-a-month contract in February past year because it believed he "could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain United States healthcare policy matters" such as the Affordable Care Act, which Trump had pledged to scrap.

The goal of the payments and the nature of the business relationship between Vekselberg and Cohen was unclear. Stephen Ryan, a lawyer representing Mr. Cohen, declined to comment.

Novartis spent Wednesday seeking to shield its new CEO, saying the deal with Cohen was struck long before Vas Narasimhan was promoted to replace Jimenez on February 1. This is why the raid on Cohen's offices was so crucial.

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In January, days after Novartis made its final payment to Essential, Trump dined with business leaders - including Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan - in Switzerland during the World Economic Forum. Each has important business considerations with the USA government.

A Novartis spokesman said any agreements with Essential Consultants took place before the new CEO took over in February and have since expired. Korea Aerospace reportedly paid $150,000 in November.

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Lawyers from special counsel Robert Mueller's office contacted the firm last November regarding the transactions, and "Novartis cooperated fully with the Special Counsel's office and provided all the information requested", according to the company. By law, only USA citizens and legal permanent residents can donate to a US inaugural committee. During the stop, Vekselberg was questioned about the payment to Cohen, one source familiar with the meeting told CNN.

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