The Washington Times reports:
The attorney for Stormy Daniels publicly accused President Trump’s personal lawyer Tuesday of taking money from a Russian oligarch, possibly as reimbursement for the hush money he had paid. Michael Avenatti made the accusation on Twitter against Michael Cohen, who has acknowledged paying $130,000 to the adult-film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Mr. Avenatti said that Mr. Cohen then had his bank account replenished by oligarch Victor Vekselberg.
After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 8, 2018
Michael Cohen’s attorney, Steve Ryan, won’t discuss the $500,000 Michael Avenatti says Cohen received from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg in 2017. “I understand the shorthand you’re using, but it wasn’t a payment,” Ryan says before hanging up.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) May 8, 2018
BREAKING: Michael Cohen accused of taking $500,000 from a *sanctioned* Russian Oligarch *while Trump was President* and misleading the bank about it.
This allegation comes from @MichaelAvenatti & involves the company Cohen created to pay Stormy Daniels
Implicates Bank Fraud Act pic.twitter.com/57KbcIHYsW
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) May 8, 2018
Avenatti claims Viktor Vekselberg sent Michael Cohen money. Vekselberg is the Russian oligarch Mueller’s investigators recently questioned at the airport.https://t.co/DyovEsAI7x https://t.co/BMjVNUF3J4 pic.twitter.com/Yizmam2MxT
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) May 8, 2018
Here’s something that could be a REALLY big deal: In addition to the payments from a Russian oligarch, Avenatti says that major companies — like Novartis and AT&T — were making large payments in 2017 and 2018 to the LLC that Michael Cohen set up to pay Stormy Daniels pic.twitter.com/QBT0VXzta5
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) May 8, 2018