More proof of Russian collusion, but not with President Trump, documents reveal direct ties to the Clinton Foundation and Podesta.
Porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, claimed that President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen received about $500,000 from a Russian oligarch’s company after the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 on the eve of the election in exchange for what she says was her silence – in other words, blackmail money, about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
Somehow, Avenatti received personal information about Cohen’s business dealings and a company controlled by a Russian oligarch. Naturally, Avenatti took the opportunity to connect Daniel’s payoff to Putin, of which there is no proof. But what it did reveal is that the Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 8, 2018
NBC News reported:
Stormy Daniels’ attorney claimed that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch, deposited into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress.
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, also detailed other transactions he said were suspicious, including deposits from drug giant Novartis, the state-run Korea Aerospace Industries, and AT&T — which confirmed it paid Cohen’s company for “insights” into the Trump administration.
If true, Avenatti’s claims, made in a dossier posted to Twitter, could add a new dimension to the federal investigation into Cohen.
Avenatti offered no proof for his allegations. It is also not clear how the porn star’s attorney would discover the private information, the GP reported.
The Russian oligarch is linked to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
The Examiner reported on the Clinton ties to in 2016.
New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.
But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
And Viktor Vekselberg is also linked to John Podesta.
Via the Stone Cold Truth:
Just how much money did Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, launder through Metcombank, a Russian regional bank owned 99.978 percent by Vekselberg, with the money transferred via Deutsche Bank and Trust Company Americas in New York City, with the money ending up in a private bank account in the Bank of America that is operated by the Clinton Foundation?
Wikileaks emails tie John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, into the money-laundering network with the confirmation Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares out of 100,000 previously undisclosed stock options he was secretly issued by Joule Unlimited, a U.S. corporation that ties back to Vekselberg connected Joule Global Stichting in the Netherlands – a shady entity identified in the Panama Papers as an offshore money-laundering client of the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
As a clear indication of guilty conscience, the Wikileaks Podesta file further documents that Podesta made a serious effort to keep the transaction from coming to light as evidenced by his decision to transfer 75,000 common shares of Joule Unlimited to Leonidio LLC, another shady shell corporation – this one listed in Salt Lake City at the home apartment of the gentlemen who registered the company.
Further research has documented that Viktor Vekselberg arranged for two transfers of unknown amounts to a private Clinton Foundation account in the Bank of America.
Once again, the only collusion appears to be with Hillary Clinton and Russian associates. Perhaps Avenatti should have been told that before he proposed inappropriate activities between Cohen, and inadvertently President Trump, and Vekselberg. That being said, Mueller will not peruse Vekselberg if it exposes Hillary Clinton.