Firm tied to Russian oligarch made payments to Trump lawyer Cohen

Stormy Daniels' Penthouse Revelations: On Trump's Hair, Penis and More

The lawyer for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who says she was paid $130,000 by Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney for U.S. President Trump, to stay quiet about a sexual encounter with Trump, on Tuesday claimed that Cohen received $500,000 from a Russian billionaire in the months after the 2016 U.S. election.

Yes, Avenatti posted a report that alleges Vekselberg sent payments totaling $500,000 to Cohen through the company Columbus Nova LLC, from January to August 2017.

Mr. Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, has not responded to calls from ABC News.

AT&T spokeswoman Megan Ketterer said in a written statement: "Essential Consultants was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration".

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 revelation comes as AT&T spars with the US Justice Department over the right to acquire Time Warner.

Mr Avenatti named three companies, besides Columbus Nova, that he said transferred money into the account at First Republic.

More news: Congressional chaplain can stay in job: House Speaker
More news: Super Pooper Turns Out To Be School Superintendent
More news: Zeljko Buvac's Anfield departure explained by Liverpool insider

The firm is a DE business started by Cohen, and it's been previously identified as the source of the hush payment to Clifford. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Cohen for possible bank fraud and election-law violations, among other matters, according to people briefed on the investigation.

Aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries paid the company $150,000 in November, the Times added.

Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - has claimed she was silenced with cash shortly before the 2016 president election after having sex with Trump in 2006, which the president has denied.

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

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. Representatives for the company couldn't immediately be reached for comment. The New York Times reported that he attended the same dinner that brought one-time Trump adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, together with Vladimir Putin in 2015.

Vekselberg was among seven Kremlin-linked oligarchs the Trump administration slapped with sanctions in April.

Related News:



Most liked

WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum to Depart from Facebook
WhatsApp is always striving to become a complete messaging app, adopting the latest technology into its groundbreaking features. Without making any big announcement, the photo-sharing platform added an in-app payments feature for a few accounts.

Almost 300000 developers now use Microsoft's Azure Bot Service
Microsoft also announced a partnership with GitHub which integrates Visual Studio App Center on the platform. The company is also expected to announce deeper AI integration for Office 365 and its Translator app.

Google and JBL have made a Hybrid Android TV soundbar
The first Flutter Beta would be most likely announced in Google I/O 2018 so that developers can use it and give feedback. The JBL Link Bar features seamless HDMI input switching and the Google Assistant can also be used when the TV is off.

Beaten David Haye to consider boxing future
Bellew has made a habit out of using his knockout prowess to overcome serious odds-Haye was as high as a 6/1 favorite . All week I've been on my own in the hotel and each night I've cried, I'm a bit emotional all I can think about is him.

Jack'd Responded To Facebook's New Dating Feature
The tech giant also launched another new feature which lets users post to Instagram from other non-Facebook apps like Spotify. And, the first time you message will be text only - no emojis, gifs or pictures - which Facebook says is a safety measure.

Twitter bug discovered - all account passwords must be updated
While you are it, you should opt for the two-factor authentication since it is safer than just the password . You would need to "Go to the password " section and change the password by inputting a new password .

Unemployment rate hits 3.9 percent, lowest since 2000
Economists had expected payroll growth of 192,000 and the jobless rate to drop by one-10th of a percent to 4%. Over the three months through April, job gains have averaged 208,000 per month.

Iowa governor says she'll sign 6-week abortion ban into law
But other abortion foes celebrated, hailing the legislation as the first step in potentially dismantling Roe v. Critics have argued it will make having an abortion illegal before most women even realise they are pregnant.

Asus Zenfone Live L1 launched as an Android Go smartphone
For the front, there is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera f/2.0 aperture, 85.5 wide angle lens and 26mm focal length. Asus also announced a 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 with a price tag of Rs. 14,999.

#ICYMI Asks: Should Donald Trump win the Nobel Peace Prize?
This would be the first-ever meeting between leaders of the United States and North Korea . Jong-un has also been accused of masterminding the fatal poisoning of his half brother.

Comedian Michelle Wolf receives support for White House Correspondents' Dinner gig
I love you as Aunt Lydia in " The Handmaid's Tale .' Mike Pence, if you haven't seen it, you would love it", Wolf said . The comedian roasted pretty much everyone in the Trump administration in her speech, as well as the attending media.

Liam Fox accuses Lords of trying to block Brexit
Asked about the Lords vote, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "There is a role for it to play in providing scrutiny, but the British public have voted to leave the European Union and Parliament needs to get on and deliver that".

Facebook Hate Speech Feature Was Released Accidentally
People saw the question appear on innocuous posts, including one from The Bad Apple bar in Chicago talking about menu items. On Tuesday, Facebook users began seeing a new " hate speech " report feature roll out by default on the primary news feed .

Rozier helps Celtics beat 76ers in Eastern Conference semi Game 1
After the game, Sixers big man Joel Embiid didn't mince words when speaking about his, and his teammates', performance. But when Larkin appeared with Rozier, the guard averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 assists and 1.6 turnovers per 36.

Reader praises man who stopped gunman in Waffle House shooting
The restaurant chain reportedly intends to pay for all of the funeral and medical costs stemming from the shooting, if possible. ABC7 reports James Shaw Jr . created the campaign a week after the shooting and raised more than $197,000 for the families.





Most Commented