Cohen Lashes Out at 'Misinformation' by Stormy's Lawyer

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says Russian firm’s U.S. affiliate paid Trump attorney $500,000

As Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen earned a reputation as the "fixer" for the Manhattan real estate tycoon and a pit bull defender of his larger-than-life boss. Novartis, which has been questioned about this by Mueller's team, says it "entered into a one year agreement with Essential Consultants shortly after the election of President Trump focused on USA healthcare policy matters", for which it paid Cohen a remarkable $1.2 million.

An AT&T spokeswoman didn't respond when asked how AT&T learned of Cohen's consulting services or whether it paid Cohen more than $200,000. "That's the decision of an independent company and has nothing to do with the White House". "The mere fact of Cohen's solicitation.to get payments from [these companies] sounds a lot like lobbying - and if that's the case he should have filed [the proper] disclosures", Holman added. Both Novartis and AT&T later spoke to investigators for the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Cohen has told associates that Avenatti's claims are overheated, and he has maintained that he has not done anything wrong, according to a person familiar with the attorney's views but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Columbus Nova, which is described in a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as Renova's United States affiliate, "hired Michael Cohen as a business consultant" after the inauguration, Richard Owens, an attorney for the company, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Cohen's relations with Trump began with his dabbling in real estate and purchases of apartments in Trump buildings in NY. "Michael offered that. He didn't do anything wrong, he did what lots of people have done over the years".

The Treasury Department's inspector general is reviewing whether banking information tied to a company run by President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was leaked.

In his 7-page report, Avenatti accused Cohen of "likely" committing bank fraud, and detailed $4.4 million in "suspicious" transactions.

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In a memo posted online Tuesday afternoon, Avenatti alleged that Cohen had received payments after the 2016 election from a company linked to Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin, and from pharmaceutical giant Novartis, Korea Aerospace Industries and telecommunications conglomerate AT&T, among other things.

The drug company entered into the agreement with Essential Consultants in February 2017 because it "believed that Michael Cohen could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters, including the Affordable Care Act", Novartis spokeswoman Sofina Mirza-Reid tells The Washington Post.

A Davidson spokesman didn't immediately return a request for comment. The payments were made by Columbus Nova, an American investment company, Avenatti alleges.

The Swiss company said on Wednesday it had been approached in November previous year by the U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office who wanted to know about the payments, while probing potential meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Novartis admitted it made a costly mistake in making payments totaling almost $1.2 million to Cohen's firm.

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