Michael Cohen's lawyers say report alleging payments had 'numerous inaccurate statements'
10 May, 2018, 11:15 | Author: Kim Reid
But special counsel Robert Mueller knew about the payments six months ago. Mueller is investigating whether or not Russian Federation helped Trump win the 2016 presidential election, and so far, he has indicted several members of Trump's inner circle. "Novartis cooperated fully with the Special Counsel's office and provided all the information requested", the company's statement read.
"With the recent change in administration, Novartis believed that Michael Cohen could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain U.S. health care policy matters, including the Affordable Care Act", Novartis said. Still, Cohen received his payment because the company could not terminate the contract "for cause".
"Stormy Daniels" lawyer, Michael Avenatti, stormed the internet with what appeared to be Michael Cohen's bank statements and said "Cohen was selling access to the President of the United States, '" Colbert noted, before sarcastically adding, "Man, if only Robert Mueller could afford that".
Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Daniels, had asked to participate in the NY case as he pursues a lawsuit in California against Cohen and Trump.
In a letter to U.S. District Choose Kimba Wooden, who's overseeing proceedings in a federal prison investigation of Cohen, attorneys Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison accused Avenatti of publishing "quite a few incorrect statements to the general public in an obvious try to prejudice and discredit Mr. Cohen". The information released by Avenatti showed funds flowing into the bank account of a shell company that was also used to make the $130,000 payment to Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, as part of an agreement to keep her from talking about an affair with President Donald Trump.
Avenatti has commanded wall-to-wall media coverage for his client Daniels, who sued Cohen and Trump in California before a federal judge halted that lawsuit. Novartis said in a statement that it paid Cohen $100,000 a month for a year-long contract, thinking the longtime NY legal "fixer" with few Washington ties could advise on health care matters.
Some of the companies that engaged Cohen also had contact with Trump personally.
In April, Mueller had the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid Cohen's office and home to find information about his payment to Daniels and other payments that could be considered violations to campaign finance law.
"They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017". And AT&T had announced an $85.4 billion bid to purchase Time Warner in 2016, and would need the approval of the Justice Department. That Michael Cohen, however, is actually a foreign aid worker in Tanzania who does work for Actuarial Partners Consulting. The payments have the appearance of a secretive attempt to buy access to the president or perhaps even attempt to sway his opinion on the issues AT&T has pending in front of the government. Both companies say they had been seeking insight and advice on how to approach the administration on matters related to their businesses.
"But what about the fact that this guy is smearing the wrong Michael Cohen?". Companies often hire consultants for these purposes, especially at the beginning of a new Presidential Administration, and we have done so in previous Administrations, as well.
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The message also pointed out that the "current controversy surrounding Cohen" did not erupt until January 2018, one month after the AT&T contract ended.
Trump's administration was previous year considering whether to allow an $85bn merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
The payments were made by Columbus Nova, an American investment company, Avenatti alleges.
Two other companies that paid Cohen have in recent years decided against paying registered lobbyists to advocate for them in Washington.
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AT&T declined to comment on the total, but the source confirmed that the total did indeed exceed $200,000. The department sued to block the deal past year.
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