STORMY DANIELS’ LAWYER QUESTIONS DEALINGS AS COMPANIES DEFEND TRUMP’S ATTORNEY-REPORT

WASHINGTON – An attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels said on Wednesday he has more evidence of ties between a Russian oligarch sanctioned by the United States and a payment to US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and questioned other companies’ dealings with Cohen’s firm.

In two television interviews, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti also called on Trump and Cohen to release bank statements tied to hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments made by AT&T, Novartis AG, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd and Columbus Nova LLC, a New York-based investment firm linked to businessman Viktor Vekselberg, who has ties to the Kremlin.

Avenatti’s comments came a day after he disclosed the payments to a firm controlled by Cohen in 2017 and 2018 after Trump won the November 2016 presidential election. The companies later confirmed the payments.

The revelation of the payments raised new questions about Cohen’s role and work for Trump, and could further pressure Cohen after the FBI raided his home and office last month as part of a criminal investigation of his business dealings and a payment to Daniels.

The revelation also drew attention to another potential line of inquiry in US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the US election and potential collusion by Trump’s campaign.

Cohen on Wednesday told reporters Avenatti’s report was inaccurate.

It was not immediately clear how Avenatti knew about the payments to Cohen. He declined to tell ABC News and MSNBC in his interviews where he got the bank records and other information.

His client Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said Cohen paid her $130,000 in October 2016, a month before the election, to stay quiet about a 2006 sexual encounter she had with Trump and has filed 2 related lawsuits against Trump and Cohen.

Avenatti has not responded to requests by Reuters for comment.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels and said there was no collusion with Russia. Moscow has denied US intelligence agencies’ accusations of meddling in the election.

Article Sourced from Reuters

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