Russian oligarch questioned over Trump lawyer payments

Russian oligarch questioned over Trump lawyer payments

Avenatti said that the funding may have been used to reimburse the $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels to stay quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.

Donald Glover was the guest host for last night's edition of Saturday Night Live (SNL). "They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017", the company said in a statement. Korea Aerospace Industries paid $150,000. Another $200,000 came from AT&T, which has confirmed the payments to reporters covering the story, saying it paid for "insights into understanding the new administration".

The firm is a DE business started by Cohen, and it's been previously identified as the source of the hush payment to Clifford.

Among those payments were $200,000 from AT&T, whose proposed merger with Time Warner is now before the courts after the Justice Department sued to block the sale.

Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - has claimed she was silenced with cash shortly before the 2016 president election after having sex with Trump in 2006, which the president has denied.

AT&T, based in Dallas, made four payments of $50,000 apiece around the end of a year ago, according to Avenatti. She is suing to negate the nondisclosure agreement she signed with Cohen, as well as suing both Cohen and Trump for defamation after they accused her of lying. Trump regularly criticized Time Warner's CNN unit on the campaign trail and threatened to derail any merger.

Although Mr Avenatti didn't offer an explanation for all the payments or the intended purposes of the funds, he also drew attention to what appeared to be Mr Cohen's personal accounts.

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Avenatti said Vekselberg and his cousin, Andrew Intrater, made eight transfers to Cohen between January and August 2017 through a company called Columbus Nova LLC for a total of $500,000.

Emails to Vekselberg's company in Russian Federation seeking comment were not returned.

Mr Avenatti said the transactions last summer appeared to have no "legitimate business purpose".

Several other corporations paid hundreds of thousands of additional dollars to the company Cohen used to pay Clifford, The New York Times reported.

Bloomberg ranks Vekselberg as the 75th richest man in the world, with $15.5 billion in assets.

Vekselberg, who is one of the subjects of recent USA sanctions, is one of two Russian oligarchs stopped by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents earlier this after their planes landed in NY.

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