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. The contract began shortly after Trump's inauguration and expired in February of this year.
"Following this initial meeting, Novartis determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to USA health care policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further", the company said in a statement.
Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical firm; Korea Aerospace Industries, a South Korean defense contractor; and AT&T, the massive U.S. telecom, all paid Cohen-linked Essential Consulting more than $150,000.
Cohen said Wednesday that the document released by Avenatti contains inaccuracies.
"The decision was taken not to engage further", he said, but the contract could not be terminated, so the payments continued. Michael Avenatti, who is representing a woman suing the president, has claimed that Vekselberg controls Columbus Nova, but the company has denied this.
It was not immediately clear how Avenatti knew about the payments, and he declined to say how in TV interviews with ABC and MSNBC. The New York Times on May 5 ran an extensive feature on Cohen's "shadowy business empire" and his alleged ties with Russian mobsters.
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That's the same shell company that Cohen used to pay adult-film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 before the 2016 election to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators have questioned Vekselberg about the payments that his USA affiliate made to Cohen, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN.
Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who has a close relationship with Vladimir Putin, is linked to Columbus Nova, a firm that paid $500K to Essential Consulting for services regarding potential sources of capital and real estate investments.
"Why is no media outlet doing a story on the refusal of the Treasury Department to release to the public the 3 Suspicious Activity Reports that were filed concerning Essential Consultants, LLC's bank account?"
The payments are now under scrutiny because Cohen - often described as Trump's "fixer" - is under federal investigation.
"Following this initial meeting, Novartis determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to United States healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further", Novartis said in a statement.
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Separately, in a statement Wednesday evening provided to CBS News, AT&T confirmed it had been in contact with Mueller.
"Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration".
The email was first reported by the Dallas News.
Avenatti hit back, emphasizing that Cohen's attorneys did not dispute elements of Project Sunlight he says are most damaging to Cohen.
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At the time of the payments, there was an FBI counterintelligence investigation, which special counsel Robert Mueller took over last May, into Russian election interference and any possible coordination with Trump associates. It said Mr Cohen was paid for advice on health policy. "Novartis considers this matter closed".
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