A Russian money trail to Michael Cohen? Of course there is

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According to a tweet posted by a reporter, an attorney for Mr Cohen said he wouldn't discuss the US$500,000.

In all, transactions totaling at least $4.4 million flowed through Essential Consultants from shortly before Trump won the presidential election until January 2018, according to the Times.

Cohen's company, Essential Consultants LLC, received the money from a US offshoot of the business empire of Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, lawyer Michael Avenatti claimed in a report he released Tuesday.

Vekselberg is the chairman of Renova, a Russian investment company.

The firm is a DE business started by Cohen, and it's been previously identified as the source of the hush payment to Clifford.

The New York Times and NBC News said they had reviewed financial documents that corroborated Avenatti's claims.

Avenatti released the so-called "executive summary" of what he says are financial transactions by Essential Consultants LLC, the entity that paid Clifford $130,000 for her silence late in the 2016 campaign.




The stakes are sky-high for Cohen, who is now under a federal criminal investigation by the USA attorney's office in Manhattan and had his home, hotel room and office raided last month.

Adding to the intrigue: The payments were made to the same bank account that Cohen had created in 2016 to execute the now infamous hush payment to Daniels, Avenatti said.

Cohen's company, according to the report, received large sums of money from companies with an interest in Trump administration business.

On Sunday, Giuliani said on he would not rule out the possibility that payments were made to women other than Daniels. "You're voting for Trump because everything else you've voted for in the last 20 years has failed you".

Mr Avenatti, who represents Ms Clifford, said Mr Cohen submitted false information to First Republic Bank when opening a new account in October 2016.

The other companies were Novartis AG, AT&T and Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. The company, an aircraft manufacturer, is partners with Lockheed Martin, the American defense contractor, in competition for a multibillion-dollar contract to provide trainer jets for the U.S. Air Force that is expected to be awarded this year. AT&T, whose proposed merger with Time Warner is pending before the Justice Department, issued a statement on Tuesday evening confirming that it made payments to Cohen's firm. It also denied that Essential did any legal or lobbying work for the company.

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