Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing President Trump’s porn star mistress, Stormy Daniels, has been uncovering bombshell details about his counterpart on the president’s legal team, the comically inept lawyer Michael Cohen. Based on the details of a report released Tuesday, he may have just hit pay dirt in the high stakes investigation overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Michael Cohen acted as a middle man for what he hoped would be a multi-million dollar transfer from Qatar to the Trump family.
Cohen allegedly approached Ahmed al-Rumaihi, one of the principal managers of the oil rich nation’s $100 Billion investment fund, and promised him that “millions of dollars” could be passed through him directly to members of the Trump family, “in exchange for influence in the Trump administration.”
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“The claims of a demand for ‘millions’ were made by a senior Kuwaiti government source close to Al-Rumaihi. The official said: ‘He said Cohen told him to send millions to various members of the Trump family.’ Al-Rumaihi did not do so, the official added. The Trump family members were not named.”
Al-Rumaihi was photographed at Trump Tower in December of 2016, just weeks after Donald Trump’s shock victory in the presidential election the previous November. Photos show him entering and exiting the elevator with Michael Cohen.
In response to the Daily Mail story, Al-Rumaihi issued a statement admitting his attendance at the Trump Tower meeting, but insists he was meeting with someone else, and Michael Cohen just ‘popped in’ for a minute.
Qatar has been in the middle of a serious diplomatic row with its Persian Gulf neighbors over much of the last year. The United States has found itself in the middle of the quarrel between two of its most important regional allies, and the Trump Administrations has appeared to take both sides at different stages of the conflict.
That Qatar would be interested in influencing the Trump administration makes sense. That they would be willing to transfer millions to the family of the President – and that members of the Trump family would be interested in receiving it – changes the dynamic completely.
This wouldn’t be the first time the fates of the Trump family and Qatar have intersected. The family of the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, solicited hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from commercial investment interests in Qatar to finance the mounting debt their real estate empire had accumulated.
Even after an unprecedented meeting between Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi and Jared Kushner’s father, Qatar turned the Kushner Companies down. A few weeks later, Saudi Arabia imposed the blockade and rallied other states to isolate Qatar – a state of isolation that largely continues to this day.
Could this and the allegations against Michael Cohen all be coincidence? The president surely hopes you think so. One dubious link could be a coincidence. Two, however, starts to look like a pattern.