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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t-confirms-payment-trump-apos-001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.
    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

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    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Priceless = Watching all of the companies that sent money to the LLC slush fund come up with different alleged reasons for hiring Mr. Cohen – “accounting advice,” “real estate consulting,” “insight,” etc. Who knew Mr. Cohen was such a brilliant renaissance man? #nonsense #basta
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown amounts to a private Clinton Foundation account in the Bank of America,
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    The DUDE does not realize hat the Media is using him and will spit himout soon.....very soon!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
    03:55
    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

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    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown am
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    niels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

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    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown am
    Once again, you copy and paste several posts by other people, without explanation, which makes you a moron. Meanwhile, it's Pay for Play time with Mikey, though it seems that Mikey, like his boss, and like several people on the rx, was not a man of his word...shocking! Love this passage:

    "The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment." Yeah, what ABOUT that?

    Trump’s lawyer pitched himself as a fixer to Novartis and got paid $1.2 million

    Ed Silverman,STAT News 5 hours ago



    The curious relationship between one of the world’s biggest drug makers and President Trump’s personal lawyer began early last year when Michael Cohen, a longtime fixer for the president, reached out to Novartis’s then-chief executive officer Joe Jimenez, promising help gaining access to Trump and influential officials in the new administration, according to an employee inside Novartis familiar with the matter.
    Jimenez took the call and then instructed his team to reach a deal with Cohen. A one-year contract worth $1.2 million was signed with Cohen in February 2017. The company’s hope was that Cohen could help it navigate a bevy of uncertain issues facing the drug maker — from potential changes to the Affordable Care Act and tax reform to navigating reimbursement challenges for medicines.
    “He reached out to us,” the Novartis employee said, providing STAT with the company’s version of events as it scrambles to contain the fallout from being entangled in the investigations surrounding Trump and his inner circle, including Cohen. “With a new administration coming in, basically, all the traditional contacts disappeared and they were all new players. We were trying to find an inroad into the administration. Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”
    The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment.
    Read more: Untangling Trump’s lawyer’s ties to Novartis: Here are 6 unanswered questions
    In March 2017, a group of Novartis employees, mostly from the government affairs and lobbying teams, met with Cohen in New York to discuss specific issues and strategies. But the meeting was a disappointment, the insider explained, and the Novartis squad left with the impression that Cohen and Essential Consultants — the firm controlled by Cohen that Novartis was making payments to — may not be able to deliver.
    “At first, it all sounded impressive, but toward the end of the meeting, everyone realized this was a probably a slippery slope to engage him. So they decided not to really engage Cohen for any activities after that,” the employee continued. Rather than attempt to cancel the contract, the company allowed it to lapse early in 2018 and not run the risk of ticking off the president. “It might have caused anger,” this person said.
    As the contract expiration date neared earlier this year, Cohen then approached Vasant Narasimhan, who by then had succeeded Jimenez as Novartis chief executive, according to the employee. Narasimhan declined to renew the arrangement and the contract lapsed.
    A Novartis spokesman on Wednesday maintained that Narasimhan had no involvement with the contract. “This episode was clearly a mistake,” the spokesman said.
    Read more: Novartis paid nearly $400,000 to a shell company controlled by Trump’s attorney
    Meanwhile, last November, several lawyers from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office approached Novartis regarding the agreement with Cohen. Among those interviewed was Jimenez. The company released a statement Wednesday morning saying it “cooperated fully” and “provided all the information requested. Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement.”
    The Cohen contract was first disclosed on Tuesday night by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who was paid $130,000 by Essential Consultants to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Avenatti initially posted a document on his web site indicating Novartis paid Cohen’s firm $400,000 from early 2017 through 2018.
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    Once again, you copy and paste several posts by other people, without explanation, which makes you a moron. Meanwhile, it's Pay for Play time with Mikey, though it seems that Mikey, like his boss, and like several people on the rx, was not a man of his word...shocking! Love this passage:

    "The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment." Yeah, what ABOUT that?

    Trump’s lawyer pitched himself as a fixer to Novartis and got paid $1.2 million

    Ed Silverman,STAT News 5 hours ago



    The curious relationship between one of the world’s biggest drug makers and President Trump’s personal lawyer began early last year when Michael Cohen, a longtime fixer for the president, reached out to Novartis’s then-chief executive officer Joe Jimenez, promising help gaining access to Trump and influential officials in the new administration, according to an employee inside Novartis familiar with the matter.
    Jimenez took the call and then instructed his team to reach a deal with Cohen. A one-year contract worth $1.2 million was signed with Cohen in February 2017. The company’s hope was that Cohen could help it navigate a bevy of uncertain issues facing the drug maker — from potential changes to the Affordable Care Act and tax reform to navigating reimbursement challenges for medicines.
    “He reached out to us,” the Novartis employee said, providing STAT with the company’s version of events as it scrambles to contain the fallout from being entangled in the investigations surrounding Trump and his inner circle, including Cohen. “With a new administration coming in, basically, all the traditional contacts disappeared and they were all new players. We were trying to find an inroad into the administration. Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”
    The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment.
    Read more: Untangling Trump’s lawyer’s ties to Novartis: Here are 6 unanswered questions
    In March 2017, a group of Novartis employees, mostly from the government affairs and lobbying teams, met with Cohen in New York to discuss specific issues and strategies. But the meeting was a disappointment, the insider explained, and the Novartis squad left with the impression that Cohen and Essential Consultants — the firm controlled by Cohen that Novartis was making payments to — may not be able to deliver.
    “At first, it all sounded impressive, but toward the end of the meeting, everyone realized this was a probably a slippery slope to engage him. So they decided not to really engage Cohen for any activities after that,” the employee continued. Rather than attempt to cancel the contract, the company allowed it to lapse early in 2018 and not run the risk of ticking off the president. “It might have caused anger,” this person said.
    As the contract expiration date neared earlier this year, Cohen then approached Vasant Narasimhan, who by then had succeeded Jimenez as Novartis chief executive, according to the employee. Narasimhan declined to renew the arrangement and the contract lapsed.
    A Novartis spokesman on Wednesday maintained that Narasimhan had no involvement with the contract. “This episode was clearly a mistake,” the spokesman said.
    Read more: Novartis paid nearly $400,000 to a shell company controlled by Trump’s attorney
    Meanwhile, last November, several lawyers from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office approached Novartis regarding the agreement with Cohen. Among those interviewed was Jimenez. The company released a statement Wednesday morning saying it “cooperated fully” and “provided all the information requested. Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement.”
    The Cohen contract was first disclosed on Tuesday night by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who was paid $130,000 by Essential Consultants to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Avenatti initially posted a document on his web site indicating Novartis paid Cohen’s firm $400,000 from early 2017 through 2018.
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

    https://www.vox.com/2018/5/9/1733626...ueller-clients

    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown amounts to a private Clinton Foundation account in the Bank of America,
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    The DUDE does not realize hat the Media is using him and will spit himout soon.....very soon!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

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    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown am
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    niels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

    https://www.vox.com/2018/5/9/1733626...ueller-clients

    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown am
    Once again, you copy and paste several posts by other people, without explanation, which makes you a moron. Meanwhile, it's Pay for Play time with Mikey, though it seems that Mikey, like his boss, and like several people on the rx, was not a man of his word...shocking! Love this passage:

    "The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment." Yeah, what ABOUT that?

    Trump’s lawyer pitched himself as a fixer to Novartis and got paid $1.2 million

    Ed Silverman,STAT News 5 hours ago



    The curious relationship between one of the world’s biggest drug makers and President Trump’s personal lawyer began early last year when Michael Cohen, a longtime fixer for the president, reached out to Novartis’s then-chief executive officer Joe Jimenez, promising help gaining access to Trump and influential officials in the new administration, according to an employee inside Novartis familiar with the matter.
    Jimenez took the call and then instructed his team to reach a deal with Cohen. A one-year contract worth $1.2 million was signed with Cohen in February 2017. The company’s hope was that Cohen could help it navigate a bevy of uncertain issues facing the drug maker — from potential changes to the Affordable Care Act and tax reform to navigating reimbursement challenges for medicines.
    “He reached out to us,” the Novartis employee said, providing STAT with the company’s version of events as it scrambles to contain the fallout from being entangled in the investigations surrounding Trump and his inner circle, including Cohen. “With a new administration coming in, basically, all the traditional contacts disappeared and they were all new players. We were trying to find an inroad into the administration. Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”
    The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment.
    Read more: Untangling Trump’s lawyer’s ties to Novartis: Here are 6 unanswered questions
    In March 2017, a group of Novartis employees, mostly from the government affairs and lobbying teams, met with Cohen in New York to discuss specific issues and strategies. But the meeting was a disappointment, the insider explained, and the Novartis squad left with the impression that Cohen and Essential Consultants — the firm controlled by Cohen that Novartis was making payments to — may not be able to deliver.
    “At first, it all sounded impressive, but toward the end of the meeting, everyone realized this was a probably a slippery slope to engage him. So they decided not to really engage Cohen for any activities after that,” the employee continued. Rather than attempt to cancel the contract, the company allowed it to lapse early in 2018 and not run the risk of ticking off the president. “It might have caused anger,” this person said.
    As the contract expiration date neared earlier this year, Cohen then approached Vasant Narasimhan, who by then had succeeded Jimenez as Novartis chief executive, according to the employee. Narasimhan declined to renew the arrangement and the contract lapsed.
    A Novartis spokesman on Wednesday maintained that Narasimhan had no involvement with the contract. “This episode was clearly a mistake,” the spokesman said.
    Read more: Novartis paid nearly $400,000 to a shell company controlled by Trump’s attorney
    Meanwhile, last November, several lawyers from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office approached Novartis regarding the agreement with Cohen. Among those interviewed was Jimenez. The company released a statement Wednesday morning saying it “cooperated fully” and “provided all the information requested. Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement.”
    The Cohen contract was first disclosed on Tuesday night by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who was paid $130,000 by Essential Consultants to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Avenatti initially posted a document on his web site indicating Novartis paid Cohen’s firm $400,000 from early 2017 through 2018.
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

    https://www.vox.com/2018/5/9/1733626...ueller-clients

    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown amounts to a private Clinton Foundation account in the Bank of America,
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    The DUDE does not realize hat the Media is using him and will spit himout soon.....very soon!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

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    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown am
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    niels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg
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    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET

    Stormy Daniels' attorney claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.

    Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen's company for "insights" into Trump.

    After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

    2:05 PM - May 8, 2018

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter. NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations, which if true could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.

    Avenatti said his investigation uncovered eight transactions between January and August 2017, totaling half a million dollars, from Columbus Nova, which he said is controlled by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his cousin Andrew Intrater.

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    As the New York Times first reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller searched and questioned Vekselberg as he got off a private plane in the New York area earlier this year.

    Vekselberg — one of the richest men in Russia with a fortune from aluminum and oil — also attended a much-discussed 2015 dinner in Moscow where Michael Flynn, soon to become Trump's national security adviser, was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Vekselberg, who was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month, has not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with either Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or a separate probe of Cohen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

    He could not be reached for immediate comment, and Cohen and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

    Avenatti also said he had uncovered:

    Four payments of just under $100,000 made by Novartis to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. He noted reports that said Trump met with Novartis' CEO in January 2018. Novartis said it had no immediate comment.
    AT&T made four payments of $50,000 each to Essential in late 2017 and early 2018. In a statement, AT&T said it engaged the the firm in early 2017 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”
    Korea Aerospace Industries made a $150,000 payment to Essential in November 2017. KAI could not be reached for immediate comment.

    Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, Giuliani says
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    Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on Avenatti’s report and declined to confirm its authenticity. First Republic provided no immediate comment.

    The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he put up the $130,000 she was given in a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said last week that Trump repaid the money to Cohen.

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Robert Windrem / May.08.2018 / 3:20 PM ET / Updated 3:54 PM ET
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on, as usual for the idiot who claimed Flynn had nothing to worry about not long before Flynn was indicted.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...elberg-n872481

    Daniels' lawyer: Cohen got $500K from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter

    Avenatti provided no documentation to support his allegations, contained in a document posted to Twitter.

    NBC News has not been able to corroborate the accusations....


    .....citing people familiar with the matter

    Michael Avenatti provided no documentation for his claims, which he posted on Twitter
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Avanetti has an amount of a little over 4.4 million, literally, down to the penny. You REALLY think that he's making this up?

    Btw, AT & T, who faced big problems with the administration for a merger they wanted and Dump didn't, has confirmed a nice, tidy, 50k per month payment to Cohen...gee, whatta the odds?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t...001200629.html

    AT&T confirms payment to Trump's personal lawyer for 'insight'

    Richard Lawler,Engadget 3 hours ago



    The story of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, took another turn tonight and it involves AT&T. Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted earlier claiming the President and Cohen "have a lot of explaining to do," linking to a document detailing "suspicious financial transactions" involving the Essential Consultants LLC that Cohen formed in 2016 (PDF) to pay Daniels.

    In a statement given to CNBC, AT&T confirmed the $200,000 payment reported by Avenatti, saying Cohen's firm was one of several engaged for "insights" into the new administration. In court, Cohen has said he represented only Trump, Elliott Broidy and Sean Hannity. Former New York City mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani went on Fox News last week to say that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but the payments revealed by Avenatti suggest funding could have come from a number of other sources, including AT&T. Whatever they were for, they came at the same time the company has been seeking approval for its merger with Time Warner.
    AT&T:
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Lol, I saw the title of a thread started by noted moron A Sap Sucker claiming nobody cares about Stormy Daniels' stuff, SPOT on,

    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    Nobody cares? How fucking stupid are you? If nobody cares, why has Dump lost 3 lawyers in less than 2 months? Why is Cohen taking the fifth, with the judge in the civil case saying he is likely to be indicted? Why is nitwit Guliani running his mouth so much that even Cohen says he doesn't know wtf he is talking about? Why did Guliani refuse to rule out Dump taking the 5th(which Dump said, not long ago, only guilty people do)? Why did Dump lie and say he didn't know anything about the payment only to admit a short time later that he DID know? And, the question that you ALL you bitches keep running away from, especially that gutless, psychotic, staling lard-assed, boulder headed runt NFL Turds, if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? You likely won't answer ANY of those questions, just like you won't answer how you could be so stupid as to surmise that Flynn wasn't gonna get indicted, 'cause you're a cowardly, lying, ignorant sack of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Hmmmmmm...... Could be true, might not be true.....

    Dailykos is probably reporting it as TRUE... At least NBC points out that they have their doubts several times during the article to cover themselves from fake news!
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    Nothing to say, Runt? You keep running away from the question like the gutless lard ass that you are: if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips? Meanwhile, Cohen keeps getting deeper and deeper into the quicksand:

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-atts-p...-edaa3a6acf4e/


    Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell

    $200,000 to a fake company.


    JUDD LEGUMMAY 8, 2018, 9:30 PM
    On Tuesday, AT&T acknowledged that it paid $200,000 to Essential Consultants, a shell company set up by Donald Trump longtime attorney, Michael Cohen.The payments were first revealed in a document released by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Essential Consultants was also used to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.Shortly after Avenatti released his document, AT&T confirmed the payments.
    Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017
    In addition, Avenatti’s document revealed that Essential Consultants received payments from Columbus Nova — a company linked to a Russian oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg — as well as Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.


    But AT&T’s payment is a stunning development that is likely to create a thicket of legal problems for Cohen and Trump himself.Essential Consultants is not a real company

    AT&T tries to justify the payments as a legitimate consulting expense, saying that the firm provided “insights.” But Essential Consultants is not a real company. It was set up on October 17, 2016. According to financial records, the company exists as a “real estate consulting company that collects fees for investment consulting work.”But Cohen immediately used it to make the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The funding for that payment, Cohen had claimed, came from a mortgage on his house.
    AT&T also had an interest in repealing net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration did around the time their contract with Essential Consulting concluded.The payment raises questions about how Cohen was reimbursed by Trump

    Last week, Rudy Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment. He initially said that Trump had paid Cohen a retainer throughout 2017 to cover the Daniels payment and other expenses. Then, on Friday, he released a statement essentially retracting his previous statements.The shell company has no website, no known employees, and no public facing presence of any kind. It raises the question of how AT&T could have even possibly known about Essential Consultants.Essential Consultants was used for the benefit of Donald Trump

    We know that the impetus for the creation of Essential Consultants was the Stormy Daniels payment. That means a publicly traded company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a shell corporation that is known to make expenditures on behalf of Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani, who is now one of Trump’s attorneys, allowed for the possibility that Cohen paid off other women on Trump’s behalf.AT&T made the payment while it was seeking approval for a merger

    The $200,000 payment to Cohen was made while AT&T was seeking approval from Trump’s Justice Department to merge with Time-Warner. AT&T claims that Cohen did no lobbying or legal work for the company. But it provides little information about what services Cohen did provide for his large fee. It leaves the impression of a clandestine effort to influence the thinking of administration on the merger, which the Trump administration ended up opposing.

    Giuliani’s current position is that he has no knowledge of how Cohen was reimbursed and that these reimbursements are not relevant. Trump has hitherto not revealed how he reimbursed Cohen. The AT&T payment, and other monies flowing through this shell company, raise the possibility that Cohen was reimbursed by Trump or his associates directing money to Essential Consultants.

    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    You show with virtually every post that you're not very bright: there are (at least) 4 different companies, shown below, each with shady explanations as to why they paid Cohen(and, Genius, you'll note that NONE of them are denying the transactions themselves, so much for your "might not be true" horseshit. So, the incredibly versatile(albeit, unregistered as a lobbyist) Michael Cohen is 1) a real estate expert 2) health care expert 3) telecom expert who can give "insights" into Twittler and 4) an accounting expert.-all of this with the backdrop of getting money from-wait for it-a Russian oligarch-but, of course, you prattle on about "...the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again," whatta putz. So, you're not only a moron, but a gutless, coward who has the gall to talk about somebody ELSE deflecting:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.

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    Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen


    He’s apparently an expert in health care policy and accounting law now. Who knew?

    By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com May 9, 2018, 2:30pm EDT

    Since Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti spilled details of Michael Cohen’s bank accounts on the internet Tuesday night, several corporations have faced questions about why exactly they were secretly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s personal attorney.Columbus Nova LLC, a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, paid Cohen at least $500,000 last year. The pharmaceutical company Novartis paid him $1.2 million. AT&T forked over more than $200,000. Korean Aerospace Industries paid at least $150,000.And the four of them are giving amusingly incompatible explanations as to why they agreed to pay Cohen’s Essential Consultants — the same company that paid out sex scandal hush money meant for Stormy Daniels (for Trump) and Playboy playmate Shera Bechard (for, allegedly, Trump donor Elliott Broidy).1) Columbus Nova: We hired Cohen to advise on real estate.In an emailed statement, attorney Richard Owens claims that, no, billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was in no way using this US affiliate of his company, which is run by his cousin Andrew Intrater, to send payments to Cohen. In fact, Owens claims, Vekselberg wasn’t involved at all.The story Owens gives is that Columbus Nova decided to hire Cohen “as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.”Real estate is indeed something Cohen has been involved in. In the early 2010s, he bought four New York City properties for a combined $11 million and within a few years had sold them to various LLCs for a combined $30 million. (McClatchy has raised questions about just how these investments ended up so lucrative so quickly.)But was Columbus Nova really paying Cohen for real estate tips? After all, Intrater, the company’s CEO, also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, despite little apparent history as a major political funder.2) Novartis: We hired Cohen to advise on health care policy, realized he was useless for this after just one meeting, but couldn’t get out of the contract.The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has an amusing tale to tell. In February 2017, representatives say, they signed Cohen to a yearly contract worth $1.2 million “to advise the company on how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters.”But, they say, they took one meeting with Cohen, who doesn’t seem to have any health policy expertise, in March and swiftly realized he was totally useless — or, in their more diplomatic words, that he was “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated” — and decided “not to engage further.” Sadly, however, the company concluded it was stuck paying him off for the rest of the year. What bad luck!
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    However, a senior official at Novartis has since anonymously told NBC News that Cohen reached out to them “promising access” to the Trump administration in return for his hiring, which sounds more plausible. And Stat’s Ed Silverman quotes another anonymous Novartis employee as saying Cohen “promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”3) AT&T: We hired Cohen for his “insights” into the Trump administration.As for the telecom giant AT&T, which had major matters before the Trump administration such as a Federal Communications Commission decision on net neutrality and a decision on its planned merger with Time Warner, it says it wanted Cohen’s brilliant insights.“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” AT&T said in a statement. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”This may be the most honest of the various statements. Cohen indisputably knew a lot about Trump and the people close to him, so it makes sense for a major company to try to get some of that knowledge from him. However, AT&T still hasn’t confirmed how much it ended up paying Cohen — though Reuters reports that the ultimate amount was more than $200,000.4) Korean Aerospace Industries: We hired Cohen for his, er, accounting expertise.Strangest of all is a statement given by Korea Aerospace Industries to the Wall Street Journal. “Korea Aerospace said it hired Essential for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards,” the Journal reporters write.That makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First, KAI claims Cohen was hired for legal counseling, but he didn’t name Korea Aerospace Industries as a legal client of his in court. Perhaps more importantly, Cohen has no evident expertise in US accounting law.As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan writes, KAI has made a bid alongside Lockheed Martin for a major $16.3 billion contract with the US Air Force — and the Trump administration hasn’t decided whether to give them the contract yet.All this suggests Cohen is a man of many talents, as Avenatti joked on Twitter:
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    Btw, in the above story, I forgot to highlight THIS little gem:

    The money was deposited into a First Republic account for Essential Consultants, Avenatti said. That's the same company Cohen used to wire $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from going public with her account of an alleged sexual affair with Trump a decade ago.

    So, the same account with all of these BS reasons from companies as to why they paid Cohen, is the one that he used to pay off Daniels-and, yet, morons like A Sap Sucker says "nobody cares" about her stuff. Who is dumber, NFL Turds or A Sap Sucker(neither of them are as dumb as Green Boob, but, that ain't saying much)? Hmmm, I don't think I can pick a winner between those 2 nitwits.
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    Oh the irony: Russian Vekselberg's Renova Group finances the Clintons




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    Now this…
    The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

    The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
    New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
    The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
    Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
    The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
    But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
    Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
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    And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta



    Via the Stone Cold Truth:

    Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?


    Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.


    As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.


    Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown am
    Once again, you copy and paste several posts by other people, without explanation, which makes you a moron. Meanwhile, it's Pay for Play time with Mikey, though it seems that Mikey, like his boss, and like several people on the rx, was not a man of his word...shocking! Love this passage:

    "The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment." Yeah, what ABOUT that?

    Trump’s lawyer pitched himself as a fixer to Novartis and got paid $1.2 million

    Ed Silverman,STAT News 5 hours ago



    The curious relationship between one of the world’s biggest drug makers and President Trump’s personal lawyer began early last year when Michael Cohen, a longtime fixer for the president, reached out to Novartis’s then-chief executive officer Joe Jimenez, promising help gaining access to Trump and influential officials in the new administration, according to an employee inside Novartis familiar with the matter.
    Jimenez took the call and then instructed his team to reach a deal with Cohen. A one-year contract worth $1.2 million was signed with Cohen in February 2017. The company’s hope was that Cohen could help it navigate a bevy of uncertain issues facing the drug maker — from potential changes to the Affordable Care Act and tax reform to navigating reimbursement challenges for medicines.
    “He reached out to us,” the Novartis employee said, providing STAT with the company’s version of events as it scrambles to contain the fallout from being entangled in the investigations surrounding Trump and his inner circle, including Cohen. “With a new administration coming in, basically, all the traditional contacts disappeared and they were all new players. We were trying to find an inroad into the administration. Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”
    The employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in health care and without deep Washington ties. The extent to which Novartis conducted any due diligence into Cohen or his track record as a Trump insider and Washington player is uncertain. Cohen and Jimenez could not be reached for comment.
    Read more: Untangling Trump’s lawyer’s ties to Novartis: Here are 6 unanswered questions
    In March 2017, a group of Novartis employees, mostly from the government affairs and lobbying teams, met with Cohen in New York to discuss specific issues and strategies. But the meeting was a disappointment, the insider explained, and the Novartis squad left with the impression that Cohen and Essential Consultants — the firm controlled by Cohen that Novartis was making payments to — may not be able to deliver.
    “At first, it all sounded impressive, but toward the end of the meeting, everyone realized this was a probably a slippery slope to engage him. So they decided not to really engage Cohen for any activities after that,” the employee continued. Rather than attempt to cancel the contract, the company allowed it to lapse early in 2018 and not run the risk of ticking off the president. “It might have caused anger,” this person said.
    As the contract expiration date neared earlier this year, Cohen then approached Vasant Narasimhan, who by then had succeeded Jimenez as Novartis chief executive, according to the employee. Narasimhan declined to renew the arrangement and the contract lapsed.
    A Novartis spokesman on Wednesday maintained that Narasimhan had no involvement with the contract. “This episode was clearly a mistake,” the spokesman said.
    Read more: Novartis paid nearly $400,000 to a shell company controlled by Trump’s attorney
    Meanwhile, last November, several lawyers from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office approached Novartis regarding the agreement with Cohen. Among those interviewed was Jimenez. The company released a statement Wednesday morning saying it “cooperated fully” and “provided all the information requested. Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement.”
    The Cohen contract was first disclosed on Tuesday night by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who was paid $130,000 by Essential Consultants to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Avenatti initially posted a document on his web site indicating Novartis paid Cohen’s firm $400,000 from early 2017 through 2018.
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    A T & T didn't pay Cohen 200 grand, they paid him 600 grand, and Norvatis didn't pay 400k, they paid him over a million-AND, they were paid a little visit by Mueller's boys while they were doing it. Both companies met with Cohen and quickly decidedhe was full of shit, buuuuuuuuuuuut....they decided to pay him anyway. Both companies had at least two "revisions," shrewd...
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    AT&T's Estimated Payment to Trump's Lawyer Rises to $600,000 as Investigations Ramp Up


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    Multiple outlets are reporting that the $200,000 payment AT&T admitted it made to an obscure shell company owned by Donald Trump’s “fixer” is actually several times that amount. The payment raises numerous questions about pay-to-play deals, and AT&T is scrambling to make it all seem perfectly normal.On Tuesday, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, released documentsoutlining payments made to Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, that came from multiple major companies. Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consulting, was set up just before the 2016 election and has widely been viewed—at least until this week—as a vehicle that existed for the sole purpose of paying Ms. Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. These new documents showed that a lot of money was flowing to the LLC from companies that had business with the Trump administration. One of those companies, AT&T, quickly issued a statement saying that “Essential received $200,000 in four separate payments of $50,000 in late 2017 and early 2018 from AT&T.”On Wednesday, Reuters reported that a source with knowledge of the payments claims Cohen had a contract with AT&T for a year’s worth of “consulting.” The source declined to say what the total payment amounted to, but the $50,000 per month rate would add up to $600,000. It’s possible that AT&T’s careful use of the phrase “Essential received” was intended to only reveal the amount paid to Cohen’s shell company rather than the total amount paid to Cohen. CNBC is also reporting that AT&T’s deal with Cohen was for a year.In an email to Gizmodo, an AT&T representative claimed that Essential Consulting “did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.” Instead, the company said it was paying for Cohen to “provide insights into understanding the new administration.” For the record, Cohen has never been a part of the Trump administration. The company’s reply did not address our question about the accuracy of the $600,000 estimate that is being floated in the press.Much has been made of the fact that AT&T was preparing its blockbuster merger with Time-Warner in the same period that it was paying Cohen. That deal ended up being challenged by the Department of Justice and is still pending in court. But AT&T’s contract with Trump’s fixer ended the same month the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality protections, a regulatory move the company has wanted for years.AT&T employees handling social media customer service had a hell of a timeresponding to complaints on Twitter last night about its payments to Cohen, and they were likely blindsided by the news that was rapidly changing while they worked their shift. On Wednesday, Dallas News obtained an email sent by AT&T to its employees that attempted to explain the situation. The note claimed that AT&T hired many consultants “to help us understand how the President and his administration might approach a wide range of policy issues important to the company, including regulatory reform at the FCC, corporate tax reform, and antitrust enforcement.”At least AT&T has given a semi-plausible explanation: It wanted to know how a ridiculous person thinks, and it decided to pay another ridiculous person who might have inside knowledge. Korea Aerospace Industries told the Wall Street Journal it paid Cohen $150,000 “for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards.” And drug company Novartis is now on its third statementexplaining its payments to Cohen, which have risen to $1.2 million.AT&T seems to be sticking with its story for now, but that could change as the freshly announced investigation into Cohen’s bank records by the Treasury Department’s inspector general gets underway. Additionally, Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal called for a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into Cohen’s dealings this afternoon. If all goes well, we’ll hear AT&T make its claims under oath.
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    A T & T didn't pay Cohen 200 grand, they paid him 600 grand, and Norvatis didn't pay 400k, they paid him over a million-AND, they were paid a little visit by Mueller's boys while they were doing it. Both companies met with Cohen and quickly decidedhe was full of shit, buuuuuuuuuuuut....they decided to pay him anyway. Both companies had at least two "revisions," shrewd...
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    AT&T's Estimated Payment to Trump's Lawyer Rises to $600,000 as Investigations Ramp Up


    Rhett Jones

    Today 6:10pm


    Multiple outlets are reporting that the $200,000 payment AT&T admitted it made to an obscure shell company owned by Donald Trump’s “fixer” is actually several times that amount. The payment raises numerous questions about pay-to-play deals, and AT&T is scrambling to make it all seem perfectly normal.On Tuesday, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, released documentsoutlining payments made to Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, that came from multiple major companies. Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consulting, was set up just before the 2016 election and has widely been viewed—at least until this week—as a vehicle that existed for the sole purpose of paying Ms. Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. These new documents showed that a lot of money was flowing to the LLC from companies that had business with the Trump administration. One of those companies, AT&T, quickly issued a statement saying that “Essential received $200,000 in four separate payments of $50,000 in late 2017 and early 2018 from AT&T.”On Wednesday, Reuters reported that a source with knowledge of the payments claims Cohen had a contract with AT&T for a year’s worth of “consulting.” The source declined to say what the total payment amounted to, but the $50,000 per month rate would add up to $600,000. It’s possible that AT&T’s careful use of the phrase “Essential received” was intended to only reveal the amount paid to Cohen’s shell company rather than the total amount paid to Cohen. CNBC is also reporting that AT&T’s deal with Cohen was for a year.In an email to Gizmodo, an AT&T representative claimed that Essential Consulting “did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.” Instead, the company said it was paying for Cohen to “provide insights into understanding the new administration.” For the record, Cohen has never been a part of the Trump administration. The company’s reply did not address our question about the accuracy of the $600,000 estimate that is being floated in the press.Much has been made of the fact that AT&T was preparing its blockbuster merger with Time-Warner in the same period that it was paying Cohen. That deal ended up being challenged by the Department of Justice and is still pending in court. But AT&T’s contract with Trump’s fixer ended the same month the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality protections, a regulatory move the company has wanted for years.AT&T employees handling social media customer service had a hell of a timeresponding to complaints on Twitter last night about its payments to Cohen, and they were likely blindsided by the news that was rapidly changing while they worked their shift. On Wednesday, Dallas News obtained an email sent by AT&T to its employees that attempted to explain the situation. The note claimed that AT&T hired many consultants “to help us understand how the President and his administration might approach a wide range of policy issues important to the company, including regulatory reform at the FCC, corporate tax reform, and antitrust enforcement.”At least AT&T has given a semi-plausible explanation: It wanted to know how a ridiculous person thinks, and it decided to pay another ridiculous person who might have inside knowledge. Korea Aerospace Industries told the Wall Street Journal it paid Cohen $150,000 “for legal counseling regarding U.S. accounting standards.” And drug company Novartis is now on its third statementexplaining its payments to Cohen, which have risen to $1.2 million.AT&T seems to be sticking with its story for now, but that could change as the freshly announced investigation into Cohen’s bank records by the Treasury Department’s inspector general gets underway. Additionally, Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal called for a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into Cohen’s dealings this afternoon. If all goes well, we’ll hear AT&T make its claims under oath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    So, the $50,000 came from AT&T and not the Russian? Now its $200,000?

    So... there goes the whole "Russian" thing blowing up in peoples faces again....

    Unless you are deflecting off the topic of this thread and what we were discussing.... But, you never deflect right?
    So, what's the matter, Lard Ass, ya got a big 'ole pork sandwich lodged in your fat pie hole? Nothing to say about 2 of the companies exposed by Cohen changing their stories multiple times(and their explanations didn't improve with the revisions, to put it mildly) an finding out that they paid even MORE money to Cohen than originally claimed? And, of course, the biggie:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    So, what's the matter, Lard Ass, ya got a big 'ole pork sandwich lodged in your fat pie hole? Nothing to say about 2 of the companies exposed by Cohen changing their stories multiple times(and their explanations didn't improve with the revisions, to put it mildly) an finding out that they paid even MORE money to Cohen than originally claimed? And, of course, the biggie:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.
    Why are you deflecting to other topics? If I wanted to discuss, wouldnt I be in that appropriate thread?

    We are talking about this $50,000 from the Russians, and whether you are saying this story is FAKE, REAL or a PREDICTION.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFLTrends View Post
    Why are you deflecting to other topics? If I wanted to discuss, wouldnt I be in that appropriate thread?

    We are talking about this $50,000 from the Russians, and whether you are saying this story is FAKE, REAL or a PREDICTION.
    Wtf are you talking about, "appropriate thread?" You think YOU get to set some sort of rules about what is discussed, where? You don't want to "discuss" because you're a gutless turd and you have no answer-plus, you're a moron, i.e. "...$50,000 from the Russians?????" Learn how to READ, you ignorant bastard, it was 50k from AT & T, and, as noted, they've changed their story at least twice now, as has another company, neither of which, for some reason, you're prepared to discuss. You're always flapping your gums about "deflecting," when you do it virtually every waking, to wit:

    if Dump is innocent, why does he give a rat's ass if Cohen flips?

    ANSWER THE QUESTION, BITCH-AND, THAT INCLUDES ANY OTHER RIGHT WING SCUM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebb View Post
    Uh, I said nobody cares about this stuff except people like you, dumbass. Which is factually true.

    The fact that you think this alleged news means people care is hysterical.

    You're just not very bright, Pauper.
    I've forgotten about YOU, asshole, couldn't even answer even ONE of the numerous questions posed in post # 5 gave you a BIG 'ole heapin' portion of STFU

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    Treasury Inspector General launches probe into how Michael Cohen's banking details were leaked to Stormy Daniels's lawyer

    Avenatti revealed millions in payments that were funneled into an LLC set-up by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen weeks before the 2016 election.
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