Dateline: Santa Clara, CA (3:45 pm PST) — Just over an hour ago Stephanie Clifford’s (aka porno star “Stormy Daniels”) attorney, Michael Avenatti released on the Dropbox cloud file sharing platform a seven page document. In this document it showed and alleges that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer” received half a million dollars from a Russian oligarch during the course of the 2016 election campaign season.
Early reporting from various news sources have featured a number of possibilities of how and why such a large amount of money was “funneled” Cohen, and who at that time was working on a non-disclosure agreement with Stephanie Clifford, of which is still in litigation in civil court.
To compound Cohen’s problems there is the ongoing criminal investigation with the USAO-SDNY Federal court prosecutors, where some weeks back his offices, home and hotel room was searched and possible evidence seized by order of a warrant.
It is to note that this investigation stemmed from special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump-Russia investigation into collusion and any crimes found in the course of it. It is also interesting to note that Mueller handed the preliminary findings of the investigation to the Southern District off New York, and presumably maintaining the scope of his order from U.S. Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
While initially it appeared that the Stormy Daniels matter and the ever expanding Mueller investigation into Trump-Russia were separate, the two appear to be merging into something that would resemble something of a conspiracy .. if not cover up.
As of this posting the news that the telecommunications giant AT&T paid Cohen $200,000 in tentatively confirming Avenatti’s disclosure, brings into question has all this move further and beyond “no collusion?”
BREAKING: @ATT confirms payments to Cohen LLC >>
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