Little Kremlin on-the-Potomac
CNN tell us sumpin’ about Comrade Stupid’s stupidest Lawyer, Michael/Mikhail Cohen (sorry Rudy):
“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.
“Michael Avenatti alleged that Cohen received half a million dollars from a company affiliated with Vekselberg in the months after the presidential election. Avenatti alleged the $500,000 went into the bank account for Essential Consultants, a shell company that Cohen set up before the election that was used to pay Daniels. Avenatti added that the payments occurred from January to August 2017.”
$500,000 from Columbus Nova, which is an investment firm whose biggest client is Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
This avalanche of NO COLLUSION got started when Stormy Daniels’ very-much-not-stupid lawyer Michael Avenatti Twitter’ed:
Then Avenatti handed the information off to the NYTimes, who verified it and printed it, and we think that a certain special counsel (Clue: Robert Mueller) reads it:
“A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration, according to documents and interviews.
“Financial records reviewed by The New York Times show that Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, used the shell company, Essential Consultants L.L.C., for an array of business activities that went far beyond what was publicly known. Transactions totaling at least $4.4 million flowed through Essential Consultants starting shortly before Mr. Trump was elected president and continuing to this January, the records show.”
The Atlantic points out that Avenatti is “attempting to connect the dots between the Russia probe and the Michael Cohen investigation, merging the two biggest scandals of Comrade Grabber’s prznintcy in a single tweet — which, I might note we at MPS have been doing this for a while ourselves.
The Reliable Sources email thingie tells us more about who is paying Mikhail and for what “services” (emphasis theirs):
“Avenatti’s document stated that “Essential received $200,000 in four separate payments of $50,000 in late 2017 and early 2018 from AT&T.” But AT&T disputed this timeline. “Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said Tuesday evening. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
“AT&T’s assertion, in essence, is that Cohen provided information about what made Trump tick. Avenatti’s reaction on “AC360:” “You shouldn’t have to pay $200,000 to get ‘insights’ into the administration. We all know what that really means.”
I’m thinking it means Comrade Trump is gonna want his share of the action. No one makes $4.4M Ameros off him without sharing it with “The Family.”
Expect Cohen to be introduced to The Bus underside any day now.