Documents linked to by STAT show that a unit of the drug firm called Novartis Investment SARL made about four payments of almost $100,000 each to Essential Consultants on October 5, 2017, November 3, 2017, December 1, 2017, and January 5, 2018, totaling almost $400,000.
However, recent reports revealed the companies dolling in cash for Cohen's firm were major corporations, including Korea Aerospace Industries, the pharmaceutical company Novartis and AT&T, but the reason why these companies chose to pay Cohen remains unclear.
Instead of a White House job, Cohen now finds himself under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors.FBI agents seized reams of evidence in last month's raid on his home and office but the authorities have not yet revealed what crimes he is accused of.
Cohen seeks to ban Stormy Daniels' lawyer... What unique "insights" did AT&T expect to get from Cohen?
Avenatti took to Twitter late Wednesday to point out the letter by Cohen's attorneys deftly leaves out any mention of Cohen's financial ties to Russian Federation. AT&T said in that email that it cut ties with Cohen's firm in December.
Even if Trump had no knowledge of any of this, it provides a whole range of charges for Cohen than can then be used as leverage to get him to turn on Trump.
"I talked to the President only one time about this and that was the first day it came out and he wasn't aware of that situation that now, I guess, the facts are getting a little contorted", Giuliani said when asked about Cohen's pitch and if the President knew about it. "Michael offered that. He didn't do anything wrong, he did what lots of people have done over the years".
"In response, Putin said, 'Donald can spend allowance however he wants'".
Inspector general counsel Rich Delmar said the agencys actions stem from its authority as the federal agency that analyzes banking records for potential illegal activity. But that information is supposed to remain confidential.
An attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels said he has additional evidence linking a Russian businessman to U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as worldwide and U.S. companies on Wednesday acknowledged large payments to Cohen's consulting firm.
A Davidson spokesman didn't immediately return a request for comment.
Apart from these companies, Cohen's firm also received money from a troubling source, Columbus Nova, a NY investment firm with close ties to billionaire Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
Vekselberg is the chairman of the Renova Group, a Russian company with far-flung business enterprises.
The raid was conducted on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
Novartis spokesman Eric Althoff says in an emailed statement that Novartis hired lawyer Michael Cohen for $100,000 a month to consult on health care matters, but determined after a single meeting with Cohen that he wouldn't be of use.