Stormy Daniels’ lawyer just discovered Michael Cohen was paid $500K by Putin linked Russian Oligarch

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On Tuesday, Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, claimed that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, was paid about $500,000 from a Russian oligarch that has ties to Vladimir Putin.

According to Avenatti, the $130,000 hush payment Cohen made to Daniels to stay quiet may have also been from the same account.

He tweeted:

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He also added a summary of his own investigation. In his report, it reads, “Within approximately 75 days of the payment to Ms. Clifford, Mr. Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, caused substantial funds to be deposited into the bank account from which Mr. Cohen made the payment. It appears that these funds may have replenished the account following the payment to Ms. Clifford.”

Avenatti’s bombshell claim comes just days after The New York Times reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team stopped and searched Vekselberg when he landed at a New York-area airport a couple months ago. According to the report, there is no indication that Mueller suspected Vekselberg of wrongdoing.

Vekselberg is the founder and president of the Renova Group, Russia’s largest conglomerate. His positions at the Renova Group has helped him become one of Russia’s wealthiest men. He was also one of the seven oligarchs that had ties to Putin who was hit with sanctions in response to the Russian interference in the 2016 election.

When Steve Ryan, Cohen’s lawyer, was asked to talk about the $500,000 he refused to do so. He simply insisted it “wasn’t a payment.”


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