Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti is alleging that a Russian oligarch reimbursed longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen following his payment to the porn star who claims she had an affair with President Trump.
Avenatti made the claim on Twitter as he released a report from what he called a significant investigation.
Among the stunning assertions is that Russian oligarch transferred approximately $500,000 to Cohen in 2017. The funds came in several installments in 2017.
He says the payments came through a company called Columbus Nova, a U.S. investment vehicle.
The transfer came months after Cohen wired $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels.
In October of 2016, Cohen created an LLC that transmitted a $130,000 to Daniels, who claims she had an affair with President Trump, as part of a non-disclosure agreement.
Avenatti’s investigatory claims could not immediately be verified.
CNN reported that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have questioned the oligarch about the nature and reason for the payments, which was not immediately clear. The network said it also had reviewed documents purporting to show the payments to Cohen.
The payments to Cohen came from Vekselberg and his cousin, Andrew Intrater, in the form of eight installments, Avenatti claims. He is the CEO of Columbus Nova, a U.S. subsidiary of Renova Group.
The FBI was able to interview Vekselberg after his private plane stopped in New York on travel. Agents also questioned Intrater, according to the network.
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Source: Daily Mail