Giuliani says Trump 'wasn't aware' of Cohen pitch promising access

12 May, 2018, 06:41 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • AT&T gave Mueller information on payments to Cohen

Cohen's legal professional, Stephen Ryan, didn't reply to a number of calls and emails from ABC Information concerning the precise lobbying violation claims.

The agreement that was supposed to cover up the alleged Broidy/Bechard affair employs the same pseudonyms, "David Dennison" and "Peggy Peterson", that were used to hide the identities of the principals in agreement between Daniels and Trump.

"Under no circumstances should you forward this document or the exhibits to anyone without my express written consent", Cohen wrote to Keith Davidson, who is no longer representing Daniels.

It was not immediately clear how Avenatti knew about the payments, and he declined to say how in TV interviews with ABC and MSNBC. Five years ago, Avenatti and Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey bought Tully's coffee for $9.15 million at an auction, and since then, Avenatti, through his investment company Global Baristas, has been hit with nearly 50 lawsuits regarding the failed beverage chain.

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.

Cohen's relations with Trump began with his dabbling in real estate and purchases of apartments in Trump buildings in NY.

Vekselberg was targeted for USA sanctions by the Trump administration last month. More recently, he has expanded his assets to include industrial equipment and high technology.

AT&T on Tuesday said it sought insights into the new administration from Essential Consultants, but did not engage in lobbying.

Avenatti's comments followed a statement he made on Tuesday about payments to Cohen's firm in 2017 and 2018, after Trump won the November 2016 presidential election.

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Trump's latest addition to his legal team, Rudy Giuliani, claimed these revelations about Cohen have nothing to do with the president, even though it could very well be that the money from Columbus Nova may have been used to pay Daniels.

AT&T had confirmed it hired Cohen after Trump was elected, but hadn't publicly explained in detail its motives for the move.

But Cohen's attorneys acknowledge that AT&T and Novartis were the Trump-related Michael Cohen's clients, and records about those relationships were seized in the April raid of Cohen's possessions, which he's now fighting in court. Through Essential Consultants, the limited liability corporation Cohen set up to pay Stormy Daniels, the Swiss drug company Novartis agreed to pay Cohen $1.2 million over the course of a year.

The arrangement with AT&T came as the company pursued an $85 billion merger with Time Warner that required sign off from federal regulators. South Korea's KAI said on Wednesday it paid $150,000 to Cohen's firm.

"Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement", it said in the statement. Boston-based Stat News also reported that then Novartis Chief Executive Officer Joe Jimenez instructed his team to strike a deal with Cohen.

It is listed under a section in Avenatti's document on 'possible fraudulent and illegal financial transactions, ' which also describes a Malaysia connection.

There are multiple reasons why a multinational drugmaker like Novartis might want counsel on "U.S. healthcare policy matters" as a new administration took over.

One of the wrong Michael Cohens is a Canadian who was identified in Avenatti's report as getting a $4,250 transfer from Actuarial Partners Conusulting SDN to a bank in Toronto.


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