Michael Avenatti Mocks 'Doctor' Michael Cohen Consulting for Drugmaker Novartis

Michael Cohen in New York

He forwarded an email the falsely accused Michael Cohen sent to Avenatti requesting the lawyer "correct this error forthwith and make it known publicly" there is no connection to Trump's Michael Cohen.

Now, porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer has released a report saying that fees from some of these clients helped cover the $130,000 in hush money paid to Daniels to not speak publicly about an affair she claims to have had with Trump.

Vekselberg is one of the two Russian oligarchs the FBI stopped earlier in 2018 after their private jets landed in New York-area airports as part of Mueller's investigation.

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AT&T, which has spent millions lobbying in favor of killing net neutrality, confirmed it made the payments shortly after the news broke Wednesday night. "After Mr. Trump's inauguration, the firm hired Michael Cohen as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures".

So how to explain, then, the $500,000 he received from an investment company set up by Viktor Vekselberg to facilitate his American investments? Still, what were the payments for?

Cohen's lawyers have fought in court to restrict prosectors' access to the material seized in those raids. If he doesn't have records showing what he actually did for Vekselberg, that raises serious red flags - especially since this was all going on right when the whole Russian Federation investigation was ramping up.

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Avenatti further claims that between late last year and early this year, Novartis also made several payments to Essential Consultants. Novartis often has business before the federal government, particularly approval of medications. Novartis' contract with Cohen came at a time when Trump appeared open to allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. He had a dinner meeting with Novartis CEO.

"As the contract unfortunately could only be terminated for cause, payments continued to be made until the contract expired by its own terms in February 2018", Novartis said. The funds were sent to the bank account of the front company Essential Consultants, which Cohen created before the election and used to transfer money to Daniels in January-August previous year. (Cohen has repeatedly denied that he committed any wrongdoing.) An attorney for Cohen, Steve Ryan, told reporter Natasha Bertrand, "I understand the shorthand you're using, but it wasn't a payment".

The document from Avenatti says AT&T paid Cohen $50,000 a month for four months starting in October 2017, just weeks before Trump's Justice Department filed suit to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner. This all stinks to high heaven.

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Third, and more broadly, Avenatti's document changes the nature of the Russian Federation imbroglio from a story about potential personal relationships and long-term conspiracy to one about money and payments.

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