Porn star's lawyer says Russian paid Trump attorney Cohen

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(Delaware is famous for its corporate secrecy laws, which can help obscure the sources and flow of money.) He then used money in that account to pay $130, ooo in hush money to Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump, and $1.6 million - maybe more - to a Playboy Playmate who was reportedly impregnated by a married Republican financier...

Attorneys for Michael Cohen are disputing portions of a revealing document that outlines details of some of Cohen's financial dealings.

"No involvement " The company was caught flat footed this week when Michael Avenatti, an attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, named Novartis among those that had made payments to Cohen's firm until January 2018.

Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG and USA telecommunications company AT&T Inc said they made payments to Cohen's firm, Essential Consultants, in efforts to gain intelligence into the Trump administration's thinking on issues affecting them.

Avenatti is seeking to appear before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood and to intervene in litigation over documents seized from Cohen in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids of his home, office and hotel room. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the Treasury Department is investigating whether the information was illicitly leaked.

The letter says the banking records may not be in Avenatti's possession legally, and they contained inaccurate information, report Politico, the Washington Post and the New York Law Journal.

Aventti responded on Twitter, saying the attorneys "fail to address, let alone contradict, 99% of the statements in what we released". The FBI raided his properties last month as part of that probe.

'Mr. Giuliani claims that Mr. Cohen is no longer Mr. Trump's lawyer.

However, Mr. Cohen never used Resolution Consultants. "Among other things, they effectively concede the receipt of the $500,000 from those with Russian ties". AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson met with him during the transition and has visited the White House as the company has sought approval to absorb Time Warner.

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that his client is not affected by investigations into payments to longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen from several American companies and a firm tied to a Russian oligarch.

Included as an exhibit with the letter is an email from Michael Cohen the Canadian to Avenatti noting "surely you are aware of the fact that [Michael Cohen] is an extremely common name and would request that you take care before involving innocent parties in this sordid affair".

Apart from these companies, Cohen's firm also received money from a troubling source, Columbus Nova, a NY investment firm with close ties to billionaire Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. AT&T said Cohens company “did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”.

If Trump had some kind of legal exposure, Giuliani said, Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller would not have passed on the information to federal prosecutors in NY who are investigating Cohen's business dealings.

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