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    Mueller's team questions Russian oligarch about payments to Cohen

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators have questioned a Russian oligarch about hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments his company's US affiliate made to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the election, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    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 purpose of the payments, which predate the sanctions, and the nature of the business relationship between Vekselberg and Cohen is unclear.

    The scrutiny of the payments could add to the legal troubles for Cohen, whose home and office were raided last month as part of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. In court documents, the prosecutors said at least part of their inquiry stemmed from a referral from Mueller's office.

    The questions asked of Vekselberg suggest that Mueller investigators have been examining some of Cohen's business relationships as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Vekselberg is one of two Russian oligarchs the FBI stopped earlier this year after their private jets landed in New York-area airports as part of Mueller's investigation.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/08/polit...hen/index.html

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    Pedal to the metal Mr. Mueller!!!!

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    This could be a huge bombshell...IF true

    The Daily Beast can confirm that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a company controlled by Putin-aligned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. The allegations were initially made by Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer. According to a dossier published by Avenatti on Tuesday evening, “Vekselberg and his cousin Mr. Andrew Intrater routed eight payments to Mr. Cohen through a company named Columbus Nova LLC beginning in January 2017 and continuing until at least August 2017.” The funds, Avenatti suggested, may have been used to reimburse Cohen for the $130,000 hush payment made to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. Vekselberg was sanctioned by the U.S. government in April. And according to The New York Times, he was recently questioned by federal agents working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. —Noah Shachtman

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/michae...after-election

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators have questioned a Russian oligarch about hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments his company's US affiliate made to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the election, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    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 purpose of the payments, which predate the sanctions, and the nature of the business relationship between Vekselberg and Cohen is unclear.

    The scrutiny of the payments could add to the legal troubles for Cohen, whose home and office were raided last month as part of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. In court documents, the prosecutors said at least part of their inquiry stemmed from a referral from Mueller's office.

    The questions asked of Vekselberg suggest that Mueller investigators have been examining some of Cohen's business relationships as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Vekselberg is one of two Russian oligarchs the FBI stopped earlier this year after their private jets landed in New York-area airports as part of Mueller's investigation.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/08/polit...hen/index.html

    Wow...
    He was giving small sums until the Inauguration. Then he gave $250,000.

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    cohen got hush money funds from russian oligarch

    Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, said on Tuesday that President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received about $500,000 from a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch under sanctions with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The money was given to Cohen in the months after the 2016 presidential election, Avenatti said, and may have reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment he made to Daniels in exchange for her silence regarding an affair she said she had with Trump in 2006. Cohen had said he used his own money for the payment, and Trump claimed he knew nothing about it, but last week, Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Trump reimbursed Cohen the $130,000 he paid Daniels.
    Stormy Daniels' attorney: Cohen received $500,000 from Russian oligarch

    who knew Stormy would provide the missing Russian collusion link?
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    sounds pretty awkward.. to say the least.
    What i do not get for the life of it, is how Avenatti gets to that information, and why he would share it publicly.

    Should this kind of stuff not be left with Mueller and his team ?

    All the times i see this Avenatti guy on TV, i am always confused as to how openly and widely he talks about these things, while having multiple lawsuits pending.. it does not seem to me to be in the best interest of his client to publicly comment like this during ongoing arbitrations / law suits.

    And he involving himself in the Mueller investigation, that to me is weird as F.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    He was giving small sums until the Inauguration. Then he gave $250,000.
    Looks like it goes much deeper than that..From the Avenatti & Associate document.

    From October 2016 through January 2018, Mr. Cohen used his First Republic account to engage in suspicious financial transactions totaling $4,425,033.46.•Chief among these suspicious financial transactions are approximately $500,000 in payments received from Mr. Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian Oligarch with an estimated net worth of nearly $13 Billion.


    Mr. Vekselberg and his cousin Mr. Andrew Intrater routed eight payments to Mr. Cohen through a company named Columbus Nova LLC (“Columbus”) beginning in January 2017 and continuing until at least August 2017. •Columbus Nova is a private equity firm founded in 2000 with over $2 billion in assets.Mr. Intrater is the CEO of Columbus Nova.Columbus Nova is the U.S. investment vehicle for Renova Group, a multi-nationalcompany controlled by Mr. Vekselberg.

    Renova groupholdsinvestments in various interests, including mining, oil, and telecommunications.•Mr. Cohen inexplicably accepted these payments while he was the personal attorney to the President and holding himself out at times as employed by the Trump Organization (with few other clients). This wasoccurringat the same time significant questions were being raised relating to (a) the involvement of Russia and Vladimir Putin in the 2016 Presidential Election and (b) the extent of the relationship between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/pskgpwr15r...mmary.pdf?dl=0
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    Russian oligarchs giving BIG sums of money to the President's personal lawyer?

    Nah. Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing unusual. I'm sure this happens in EVERY Presidency! Carry on! Have dinner tonight, and go to work tomorrow, and please forget about all this, would you?
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    BREAK'G: Daniels atty releases info re Russian oligarch $500k to Cohen for Stormy

    If I am getting the gist of this, the money was to PAY OFF TRUMP mistresses or specifically STORMY! So who got the other $340,000.

    Michael Avenatti releases ‘executive summary’ claiming Michael Cohen received $500k from Russia oligarch close to Putin



    DOMINIQUE JACKSON
    08 MAY 2018 AT 18:04 ET



    Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stephanie Clifford, AKA Stormy Daniels on MSNBC's "Hardball"
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    Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, released an executive summary on Twitter claiming that Michael Cohen received approximately $500,000 from a company connected to Russia.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/michael-avenatti-releases-executive-summary-claiming-michael-cohen-received-500000-russia-oligarch-close-putin-last-one/


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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoVsMatrix View Post
    sounds pretty awkward.. to say the least.
    What i do not get for the life of it, is how Avenatti gets to that information, and why he would share it publicly.

    Should this kind of stuff not be left with Mueller and his team ?

    All the times i see this Avenatti guy on TV, i am always confused as to how openly and widely he talks about these things, while having multiple lawsuits pending.. it does not seem to me to be in the best interest of his client to publicly comment like this during ongoing arbitrations / law suits.

    And he involving himself in the Mueller investigation, that to me is weird as F.
    nah, he's a smart lawyer. My guess is he's cooperating with Mueller. As in, getting the green light to publicly put pressure on any Trump lackeys. Like ( cough cough ) Sarin Sanders...they'd better lawyer up STAT.

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