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Porn star's lawyer says Russian paid Trump attorney Cohen

10 May 2018, 06:42 | Bernice Figueroa

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The revelation also drew attention to another potential line of inquiry in US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and potential collusion by Trump's campaign. Avenatti described those payments on national television last night, before they were fully confirmed by the Times.

Novartis now acknowledges that it paid Cohen's consulting firm a total of $1.2 million (rather than the $400,000 that was reported yesterday by Avenatti), as part of a one-year agreement that the Swiss drug giant entered into in February 2017, just after Trump was sworn in. "Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement".

On Wednesday, two lawmakers - Democratic Sens.

The Senators made the comments during a Wednesday press conference about net neutrality, an issue that's been a key focus of AT&T public policy advocacy.

In U.S. television interviews with ABC and MSNBC, Avenatti declined to say where he had received the information about the payments to Cohen from.

The payments were disclosed by Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel's attorney.

Mr Giuliani said he couldn't characterise how the President feels about Mr Cohen's work with these companies.

The various payments to Cohen were revealed by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who was paid $130,000 just days before the November 2016 election to keep quiet about an affair she claims to have had with Trump a decade earlier.

Mueller's team is probing whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to get him elected, an allegation the president has repeatedly and vehemently denied.


Several other companies also paid Cohen's firm.

So: The president's lawyer reportedly phoned up a drug company and offered to sell it access to the White House (and, implicitly, influence over American health-care policy), then gave them it virtually nothing of use - but nonetheless led its employees to believe that that if they didn't continue paying him $100,000 a month, the US president might grow angry and use his political power to punish them.

Rich Delmar, the general counsel for the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General, said Wednesday that investigators want to know if the disclosures violated the Bank Secrecy Act.

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

AT&T is generally supportive of the Trump administration's moves to change net neutrality rules, though the company has publicly called on Congress to settle the internet freedom debate by passing a federal net neutrality law.

AT&T paid Cohen at least $200,000 in four installments from late 2017 to early 2018.

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"We're watching it very closely, we're heavily involved", Jimenez said. I mean, it is to peons like you and me, but not to influence peddlers - and certainly not to anyone who might be looking to grease the rails at the highest levels of American government for a freaking $16 billion defense contract.

On Wednesday, the Dallas-based company sent out an email to employees to explain its connections to Cohen, who has referred to himself as Trump's "fix-it guy". Those issues included regulatory matters at the Federal Communications Commission, corporate tax reform and antitrust enforcement, the company said, adding that companies commonly hire consultants for such purposes around the time a new president takes office.



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