Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who has close ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, paid Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen about $500,000 after the 2016 presidential election. The oligarch “was stopped at a New York-area airport in recent months by investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller.”
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, within three months after the 2016 presidential election, received about $500,000 from a Russian oligarch who since has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
Avenatti also suggested in a Twitter post that “these monies may have reimbursed the” $130,000 payment that Cohen made to Daniels right before that election.
The money, Avenatti claimed, came from billionaire Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg, who has ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen have a lot of explaining to do,” Daniels’ lawyer said in a tweet.
Avenatti cited the results of his own investigation but did not offer any sources for his claims. […]
The bombshell claim by Avenatti is just the latest in a series of explosive charges he has made against Cohen and Trump since taking Daniels’ case earlier this year. She is suing both Cohen and Trump seeking to be released from a non-disclosure agreement.