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Companies seeking insight into Trump paid for Cohen's views

11 May 2018

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, is a fixture on CNN and also appears to be weaponized by someone to fight battles against Trump on a broader scale with the Stormy Daniels dispute the excuse, not the reason, Avenatti is involved. Novartis and Essentials agreed to a $100,000 per month contract for one year.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, who is overseeing proceedings in a federal criminal probe of Cohen, Cohen's attorneys from the firm McDermott Will & Emery said the report Avenatti published Tuesday contains incorrect statements that have nothing to do with Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Cohen relating to $130,000 he paid to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump years ago.

The letter, signed by Cohen's attorneys Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison, calls Avenatti's report "deliberately distorted" and "a toxic mix of disinformation".

Another tweeted: "Did you use my overage charges to pay Michael Cohen?".

Cohen's attorneys refer in their court filing Wednesday to the public denial by Columbus Nova.

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Novartis and AT&T said they were contacted by the office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller about the situation in late 2017, and provided all the information requested.

However, Mr. Cohen never used Resolution Consultants.

One person with ties to the campaign described being approached by a top tier tech company after the election with an offer: They would pay this person $50,000 a month to make introductions to members of Trump's team.

Novartis has said it paid $1.2 million in consultancy fees to a firm run by Donald Trump's personal lawyer, who offered insight into the president's plans for healthcare reform.

The Treasury Department's Office of the Inspector General said Wednesday it was investigating how allegations about Cohen's banking records became public, a response to the memo released by Avenatti.

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Under federal law, financial institutions must monitor their customers' activities and report suspicious transactions to the government.

The drug company entered into the agreement with Essential Consultants in February 2017 because it "believed that Michael Cohen could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain USA healthcare policy matters, including the Affordable Care Act", Novartis spokeswoman Sofina Mirza-Reid tells The Washington Post. But that information is supposed to remain confidential.

Novartis admitted it made a costly mistake in making payments totaling almost $1.2 million to Cohen's firm. Most explosively, he claimed that Essential Consultants had received $500,000 from a company affiliated with the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.

At the time of the payments, there was an FBI counterintelligence investigation, which special counsel Mueller took over last May, into Russian election interference and any possible coordination with Trump associates. Columbus Nova told the Wall Street Journal that they "hired Michael Cohen as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures".

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Companies seeking insight into Trump paid for Cohen's views