Did Donald Trump know about these payments? The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
"Why would you go to the president's private fixer?" he asked. "This structure helped them hide the risk".
The payments occurred at the same time Cohen was trying to build a consulting and legal business after the election and around the time he left the Trump Organization.
Cohen's attorneys said Wednesday they are not opposed to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, becoming an additional party in his court case.
To watch Avenatti at work, in the legal system as well as the court of public opinion, is to witness a craftsman at the height of his abilities.
Cohen and his attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In a statement, Columbus Nova said it is owned and managed by Americans but acknowledged that it manages assets for a company controlled by the Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.
Avenatti then addressed the subject line of Cohen's email. The attorney did not specify whether Columbus Nova was one of those clients.
Perhaps more importantly, Essential Consultants LLC seems to be evolving into a central piece of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into foreign election interference. Avenatti claims that $187,500 came from Republican donor Elliott Broidy.
The coveted medallions were once valued at more than $1 million each, but their value has plummeted with the arrival of ride-hailing services such as Uber.
The crowdjustice page for Daniels as of Thursday afternoon had received more than $428,000 in donations for her lawsuit against Trump to void a nondisclosure agreement that he did not sign and that she alleges is being used to intimidate her into not telling her story.
However, Mr. Cohen never used Resolution Consultants.
The attorney, Michael Avenatti, detailed some payments based on what appear to be non-public sources he hasn't identified.
The Justice Department is now seeking to prevent AT&T from buying Time Warner. A spokesman for the company told Reuters it had not been contacted by Mueller's team. Instead, he created Essential Consultants within two minutes of closing Resolution Consultants, state records show. It declined to say how much it paid Cohen but said it began working with him in early 2017 and its contract ended in 2017.
The lawyers for Michael Cohen told a NY judge Wednesday that Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has made "numerous incorrect statements" publicly since releasing information related to Cohen on Tuesday. For example, he teamed up with his father-in-law to lend $25 million to a Ukrainian businessman known for defaulting on loans.
Cohen and Trump communicated directly about any matter which Cohen was pursuing on behalf of paying clients.
Giuliani turned down the offer while calling Avenatti "a clown".
The bullying was a fairly effective homage to Trump, but in his other attempts to copy his employer, Cohen proved to be inept.
Perhaps Trump has learned to control himself, if only somewhat.
An internal government watchdog is investigating the possibility that financial records tied to a company founded by Michael Cohen may have been leaked to the press.
The saga of Essential Consultants proves that Cohen is no Trump. If he were, the stuff he was supposed to fix would have stayed fixed.