Michael Dean Cohen (born August 25, 1966) is an American attorney who works as a lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump. Prior to this appointment, he was Executive Vice-President of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump. As of April 2018, he is under investigation by federal prosecutors into multiple matters, including bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, relating in part to payments made in the Stormy Daniels–Donald Trump scandal.
A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration, according to documents and interviews. [...] Among the previously unreported transactions were payments last year of about $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm in New York whose biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch. A lawyer for Columbus Nova, in a statement on Tuesday, described the money as a consulting fee that had nothing to do with Mr. Vekselberg.
A lawyer for women claiming to have been abused by disgraced ex-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reportedly says he told Michael Cohen about the abuse claims in 2013, just before Donald Trump tweeted that the then-squeaky clean lawman could face a scandal. [...] Gleason says he spoke to Cohen during an effort to drum up publicity for the women’s claims. Shortly after Gleason told Cohen about the accusations, Trump, who was embroiled in a legal feud with Schneiderman over Trump University, said in a tweet that Schneiderman could be removed by a scandal.
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