BOMBSHELL: Putin Linked Oligarch May Have Funded President’s Pornstar Payoff
The lawyer for Stephanie Cliffords, aka “Stormy Daniels”, the adult film star who is suing President Trump over an alleged affair, has alleged that Trump’s attorney, and alleged “fixer” Michael Cohen, received roughly half a million dollars from Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch closely tied to Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
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
The payment, Avenatti alleges, was deposited into the same bank account, at First Republic Bank, from which Cohen made a $130,000 payoff to the porn star, within 75 days of the payment, made in October of 2016.
Clearly, this raises many questions. Questions about whether the funds were, in part, to cover the cost of the President’s payoff to Daniels. Questions about what else the payment may have been for. And questions about what, if anything, President Trump knew about the payment, and when he knew it, and what role, if any, he may have played in arranging it. And, it raises the question of collusion with Russia, and possibilities of a quid pro quo.
Initially, President Trump had claimed that he knew nothing of the payment – as did Mr. Cohen. But over the past week that narrative has been destroyed by revelations from the President’s new lawyer, former New York Mayor, and one time Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliaini, who in a series of inexplicable television appearances, by claiming that not only did the President know about the payment, but he reimbursed Cohen for it through a series of payments – payments which even Giuliani described as being “funneled” through law firms, raising questions of money laundering.
A recent report by the New York Times may shed more light on this matter. The report, authored by Adam Goldman, Ben Protess, and William K. Rashbaum, detailed how Vekselberg, the Russian billionaire, was questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, after Mr. Vekselberg traveled to New York by private plane roughly two months ago. Mr. Vekselberg has since been sanctioned by the United State, for election interference.
Trump’s attorney Mr. Cohen is currently under federal investigation, and his office was recently raided, drawing sharp complaints from President Trump.
Reaction has been swift, and more and more questions are being raised.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber suggests bank fraud is likely…
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
The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand, received a terse non-response, response from the President’s attorney’s, attorney…
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
MSNBC Anchor Chris Hayes raised the question of whether or not this makes the Cohen’s account a slush fund for Russian money to launder illegal campaign contributions, payments, and funding.
The claims in @MichaelAvenatti's document are the ultimate "Whoa, if true." He's basically saying Cohen's LLC was a slush vehicle for illegal contributions/payments from a Russian oligarch and who knows who else.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 8, 2018
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