Giuliani Insists Cohen Has No 'Incriminating Information' On Trump

Giuliani Insists Cohen Has No 'Incriminating Information' On Trump

Giuliani Insists Cohen Has No 'Incriminating Information' On Trump

Daniels called for President Donald Trump's resignation in the sketch when asked by Alec Baldwin's Trump what would put an end to the scandal involving the porn star and the president.

References to the transactions first appeared in a document posted to Twitter on Tuesday by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film star who goes by the name Stormy Daniels and was paid $130,000 by Essential Consultants to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti also said hundreds of thousands of dollars streamed into Cohen's account from companies including Novartis, AT&T and Korea Aerospace. Following the payments, totalling just under US$400,000, Mr Trump had a dinner meeting with Novartis's incoming CEO ahead of a World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Mr Avenatti said.

Among the previously unreported transactions were payments previous year totaling about $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm in NY whose biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch. Conway said Trump meant to say he did not know about the payment at the time it was made.

Speculating without offering proof, the Avenatti memo said, "It appears these funds may have replenished the account following the payment to Ms. Clifford".

Owens said any suggestion that Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for payments to Cohen are false. A lawyer for Columbus Nova, in a statement Tuesday, described the money as a consulting fee that had nothing to do with Vekselberg. Cohen and Avenatti did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

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Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of asset manager Renova Group, is an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, and last month the Trump administration placed him on a list of sanctioned Russians for activities including election interference.

The report released by Avenatti also claims that the bank account received payments totally almost $400,000 from global pharmaceutical company Novartis, and noted that Trump reportedly had a dinner meeting in Switzerland with the Novartis CEO shortly afterward the transactions were made. She has also filed defamation suits against Trump and Cohen.

The money being given to Daniels was part of the campaign finance, he asserted, which has been denied by Giuliani who is now the personal attorney for Trump, reports PTI.

Making the arrangement even stranger, the blue-chip companies' payments to Cohen were routed to Essential Consultants LLC - the same company Cohen used to buy Stormy Daniels' silence about her alleged affair with the President.

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