Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney and Republican National Committee Deputy Finance Chairman who is responsible for the bulk of the RNC fundraising efforts, appears to have been selling access to the President. Michael Avenatti has estimated a total of $4.4 million in transactions occurred between companies and the President’s personal attorney.
Novartis paid Michael Cohen’s shell company $1.2 million. These payments occured weeks before the CEO of Novartis had dinner with President Trump during his visit to Davos. AT&T gave him $600,000. A South Korean aerospace company gave him $150,000, they claim they used Cohen’s services on accounting, but a closer look shows us something much more nefarious was probable;
The arrangement came as the company, backed by state-owned Export-Import Bank of Korea, competes to sell trainer jets to the U.S. Air Force in an auction that could be worth up to $16 billion.
The Times’s review of financial records confirmed much of what was in Mr. Avenatti’s report. In addition, a review of documents and interviews shed additional light on Mr. Cohen’s dealings with the company connected to Mr. Vekselberg, who was stopped and questioned at an airport earlier this year by investigators for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Taken together, The Times’s findings and Mr. Avenatti’s report offer the most detailed picture yet on Mr. Cohen’s business dealings and financial entanglements in the run-up to the election and its aftermath. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Mr. Cohen for possible bank fraud and election-law violations, among other matters, according to people briefed on the investigation. Stephen Ryan, a lawyer representing Mr. Cohen, declined to comment.
…The payments by Columbus Nova occurred between January and August of last year. Andrew Intrater, the company’s American chief executive and Mr. Vekselberg’s cousin, donated $250,000 to Mr. Trump’s inauguration, campaign finance records show. He and Mr. Vekselberg attended the event together and met with Mr. Cohen there, according to a person briefed on the matter. Columbus Nova retained him as a consultant soon afterward.
Columbus Nova, the company controlled by a Russian oligarch that paid Michael Cohen, registered a number of websites aimed at white nationalists and the alt-right.
A company at the center of widening questions involving President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen is listed as the organization behind a string of websites targeted toward white nationalists and other members of the alt-right.
Columbus Nova, a company whose U.S. chief executive, Andrew Intrater, and Russian investment partner Viktor Vekselberg have both reportedly been interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team, is listed as the registrant behind a handful of domains for websites named after the alt-right that were created during the 2016 election.
…These sites include Alt-right.co, Alternate-right.com, Alternate-rt.com, Alt-rite.com, and other similar combinations, which were all registered in the two days following a speech given by then candidate Hillary Clinton in August 2016 in which she excoriated the far-right movement known for its extremist, racist, anti-Semitic and sexist viewpoints. The sites are not currently operational.
Moreover, the Russian Oligarch that controlled the firm that gave Cohen half a million dollars was interviewed by the FBI. It was initially reported that agents working with Special Counsel Mueller stopped Vekselberg at a New York airport and searched his electronic devices. Another interesting thing of note is that Vekselberg attended a 2015 dinner in Moscow celebrating RT’s 10th anniversary. This gala is infamously known for the photograph of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn sitting next to Vladimir Putin and his inner circle including high level government officials with incredibly close ties to Russian intelligence agencies. Vekselberg was seated next to the Putin/Flynn table.