Hey guys, guess what? There was ANOTHER Russian at Trump Tower! Our newest addition to the guest list is Viktor Vekselberg, who met Comrade Stupid’s most stupidest lawyer Michael/Mikhail Cohen there in January 2017, you know, during the transition:
“A person familiar with the meeting told CNN that Vekselberg and Intrater met with Cohen and discussed improving US-Russia relations. The meeting was brief, the person said, and Vekselberg was not originally expected to attend.
“An attorney for Cohen did not respond immediately to a request for comment. A representative for Vekselberg also did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
“Intrater’s firm, Columbus Nova, paid $580,000 to Cohen for a consulting contract starting in January 2017.”
Such a weird coinky-dink that Vekselberg would meet Mikhail, er, Michael Cohen in Trump Tower and just days later, Mikhail’s shake-down bank account at Essential Consultants LLC would get $580K Ameros from Columbus Nova, whose best client is Vekselberg, who is a close pal of Pooty-Poot.
Anyway, here’s the Russians we know (SO FAR!) who visited the campaign, or Michael Cohen all in Trump Tower, seemingly in close proximity to Comrade Prznint-elect Trump hisself.
- Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya
- Ambassador Sergey Kislyak
- Banker Sergey Gorkov
- Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg
You know, for a campaign that claims that there was no collusion with Russia, that’s a lot of Russians who just happened to stop by, often with money. Go figure.
UPDATE 1: Tiger Beat puts the meeting with Vekselberg as 11 days before the inauguration.
UPDATE 2: Tiger Beat (same article) has a more complete list of Russian visitors at more locations:
So many meetings between foreigners and Trumpies in the Trump Tower! Let’s count!
Long before Vekselberg and Intrater came calling on Cohen, the president’s gilded edifice on 5th Avenue had hosted several interesting meetings. In January 2015, Trump met with Emin Agalarov, son of Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, and his publicist, Rob Goldstone in his office. More famously, the top brass of the Trump campaign—Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort—met with a bevy of Russians promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. In August 2016, as the New York Times has just reported, emissaries for two Arab princes met with Donald Trump Jr. and informed him that the wealthy princes wanted to help Trump win the November election. (“The interactions are a focus of the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel,” the Times reports.) The two emissaries, Blackwater founder Erik Prince and international fixer George Nader, later met with Putin-linked financier Kirill Dmitriev in Seychelles in January 2017. A third attendee at the meeting, Joel Zamel, a “specialist in social media manipulation,” had previously worked for Putin-allied oligarchs Oleg Deripaska and Dmitry Rybolovlev. Deripaska, as is well known, was once a business partner of Manafort’s.
I’m beginning to wonder if anyone was left behind running things in Moscow.
UPDATE 3: from yastreblyansky in the comments:
Don’t forget that the crowd at the June 9 meeting also included Veselnitskaya’s translator, Anatoli Samochornov; Rinat Akhmetshin, US citizen and lobbyist known to be connected to Russian intelligence who Junior keeps saying he doesn’t remember seeing there; and “Ike” Kaveladze, US citizen and representative of Aras Agalarov.