Yesterday, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti revealed the bombshell news that corporate entities have been funneling money into a shell company operated by Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen with what looks very much like a flagrant pay-for-play scandal.
The company, called “Essential Consultants, LLC” was created in October 2016 for “real estate consulting,” but has only dealt in these payments:
$130,000 to pay off Stormy Daniels after Trump’s affair with her. Interestingly, Cohen claims he paid this with his own money (and used a home equity line to do so) and that Trump didn’t know about it. Giuliani, however, then claimed Trump did know about it, suggesting that either Trump lied to reporters or Giuliani lied on national television.
$500,000 from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, worth about $13 billion and with direct ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. For those wondering why Michael Cohen would use a home equity line for the Stormy Daniels payment, one answer would be because he had $500,000 in the pipeline from a Russian billionaire.
$399,920 from pharmaceutical giant Novartis, the CEO of which was then granted a dinner meeting with Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
$600,000 from AT&T, which is currently lobbying Trump’s Department of Justice to approve a massive merger with Time Warner.
When reporters questioned White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the optics and the legality of such a scheme, her response spoke volumes.
.@PressSec Sanders refers several questions on reported activities by Michael Cohen, including whether he promised access to Trump White House, to outside counsel. https://t.co/NIBRzhvrLe pic.twitter.com/ODZiqpNgDJ
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) May 9, 2018
Despite a barrage of questions surrounding the glaringly problematic revelations surrounding Cohen’s LLC and promises of “consulting,” Sanders deflects every last question, claiming that she will have to refer the queries to outside counsel or saying that she is unable to speak on behalf of Trump.
Despite her constant and transparent deflections, this administration’s shady and potentially illegal activities will continue to be exposed; no amount of spin from the press briefing room podium will stop that.