FBI raids Michael Cohen's office (Trump personal Lawyer)

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From NY Post:

Feds probing how Stormy lawyer got Cohen’s banking info
By Bob Fredericks May 9, 2018 | 2:30pm | Updated

The Treasury Department’s inspector general is investigating whether confidential banking information related to President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was leaked, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Rich Delmar, a counsel to the IG, said that in response to media reports, the office was “inquiring into allegations” that Suspicious Activity Reports on Cohen’s banking transactions were “improperly disseminated.”

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, released a summary of the information Tuesday, showing that a number of companies, including one connected to a Kremlin-linked Russian billionaire, paid Cohen’s firm more than $1 million, supposedly for assorted services.

Avenatti declined to reveal the source of his information during an interview with the DC paper.

“The source or sources of our information is our work product, and nobody’s business,” Avenatti said.

“They can investigate all they want, but what they should be doing is releasing to the American public the three Suspicious Activity Reports filed on Michael Cohen’s account. Why are they hiding this information?”
 

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Cohen was paid $500,000/year starting in Jan 2017 by a lobbying firm called Squire Patton Boggs as what they called a "Strategic Alliance" payment.

The deal called for Cohen to refer people/businesses who are looking to get access to Trump, that Cohen would refer them to hire Squire Patton Boggs to lobby on their behalf. In addition to the $500,000 per year Cohen was paid to do this he also received a cut of the fees of the clients he referred to Squire Patton Boggs. Cohen referred 5 new clients to the lobbying firm in 2017

Squire Patton Boggs terminated their relationship to Cohen in March 2018

One of those clients he referred to Squire Patton Boggs last year was US Immigration Fund LLC which had worked closely with the Kushner family and is currently under Federal Investigation. The US Immigration Fund is a EB-5 Visa lobbyist trying to expand the EB-5 visa program to allow international investors who are willing to invest a min of $500,000 which will grant them a US green card.

US Immigration Fund worked with Jared Kushner's sister Nicole Meyer in 2017 and set up and organized a trip to China where she pitched investors on buying into commercial and residential towers in the US in exchange for a visa. The presentation contained many references to Jared Kushner and his relationship to the WH and to Trump. A video of this presentation in China is currently under review by the US Attorney's office and this prompted the US Securities and Exchange Commission to launch a Federal investigation of the companies use of the EB-5 program.

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobby...referred-client-with-kushner-ties-to-lobbying
 
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The company Columbus Nova which is run by the cousin of a Russian Oligarch which hired Cohen in 2017 has been found to be the owner of several extreme white nationalist websites.

During the 2016 election campaign the company Columbus Nova registered the web site domains of
Alt-right.co
Alternate-right.com
Alternate-rt.com
Alt-rite.com

A spokesperson from the company said yesterday they were unaware these domains were registered under their company and ensure that their CEO Andrew Intrater was not acting on behalf of the company when he registered them. Intrater used his own company email address and listed Columbus Nova as the owner of the domains when he registered them. Intrater is the American Cousin of a Russian Oligarch which the Trump admin last month placed sanctions against for Election Meddling.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/38...ed-cohen-registered-alt-right-websites-during
 

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Russian firm Renova Group has redone their website. In the old version they described Columbus Nova as one of their holdings and defined it as their US investment vehicle for the Renova Group.

They now list Columbus Nova as one of their clients and not one of companies

It has also come to light that another long time personal lawyer of Trump's Marc Kasowitz who was the first lead attorney for Trump in the Russia investigation in 2017 (and is still advising Trump) also represented the same company Columbus Nova in 2017 and the Russian based company US holding called Renova US Management LLC in a fraud case against Fifth Third Bank out of Cincinnati over a failed investment

A spokesperson for Kasowitz's firm called it a coincidence that 2 of Trump's personal attorneys were hired to work for these same firms. However, Cohen spent time in Feb 2017 working for Kasowitz's firm in Manhattan during the time that Cohen was receiving what was called investment advisement payments from Columbus Nova

Cohen has told reporters the only reason he was using Kasowitz's offices and working there at the time was regarding several matters they were working on together after Trump's inauguration but Cohen and Kasowitz have both declined to share what specific work they were collaborating on.
 

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AT&T exec Bob Quinn who negotiated deal for Cohen announces he is retiring and CEO Stephenson emailed his employees calling the hiring of Cohen a big mistake

However on Jan 12th 2017 reporters observed AT&T Exec Bob Quinn and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson enter Trump tower and they ignored shouted questions from the media why they were there.

Cohen had entered Trump tower just 8min prior to their arrival and went upstairs.

Eric Trump entered Trump Tower 20 min later.

With the revelation of AT&T payments to Cohen it is now being questioned what this meeting was about as 10 month later in Oct 2017 AT&T paid Cohen $800,000 for it work they said Cohen did between July - Sept for them
 
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Despite Russian firm Renova and US firm Columbus Nova trying to distance themselves in light of the Cohen payments.

It is now found that the CEO of Columbus Nova and cousin of Russian Oligarch Vekselberg Frederick Intrater registered and bought 3 internet domains for Columbus Nova with the names
renovausm.com
renova-usm.com
renovamedia.com

On top of the Alt Right domains Frederick Intrater from Columbus Nova registered (see earlier post) he also registered the domains
1-800getalife.com
spirtsofwar.com
cnnjournal.com

Frederick Intrater released a statement on the Alt Right websites domains he purchased and set up saying he does not support white supremacy saying he is Jewish and the son of a Holocaust survivor and that he bought them to sell them

"I subsequently thought better of the idea of selling domain names which obviously now have connotations that are inconsistent with my moral beliefs," , "I never told my brother or anyone else at Columbus Nova that I had done this."
 

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Washington Post releases AT&T contract set up with Cohen showing their agreement was set up on Jan 23rd, 2017 (3 days after Trump's inauguration). Also released request for payment from Cohen to AT&T for work he did in Feb and March 2017

The scope of the work outlined in the contract says

Essential Consultants principle will provide advisory services to the E&LA leadership team. They will work alongside a team of strategic advisers to creatively address political and communications related issues facing AT&T. The broader strategic team will be expected to regularly advise on corporate interests at the Legislative and Executive (with focus on the FCC) branches of government as well as broader issues facing the AT&T brand and the telecom/tech industry in the media. They will advise on specific long-term planning initiatives as well as the immediate issues of corporate tax reform and the acquisition, corporate interests at the Legislative and Executive (with focus on the FCC) branches of government as well as broader issues facing the AT&T brand and the telecom/tech industry in the media. The position requires focus on specific long-term planning initiatives as well as the immediate issue of corporate tax reform and the acquisition of Time Warner

The documents also include payments made to Cohen from April 2017 until Jan 2018

https://www.documentcloud.org/docum...-documents-show-scope-of-Michael-Cohen-s.html
 

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Bill Clinton got 500K for a single speech from the Russians. No one cared then and no one but loony liberals grasping at straws care now. NK, hostages released, economy, jobs, and consumer confidence out ranks "who paid the whore" and will be reflected in the voting booth.
 

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From NY Post:

Feds probing how Stormy lawyer got Cohen’s banking info
By Bob Fredericks May 9, 2018 | 2:30pm | Updated

The Treasury Department’s inspector general is investigating whether confidential banking information related to President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was leaked, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Rich Delmar, a counsel to the IG, said that in response to media reports, the office was “inquiring into allegations” that Suspicious Activity Reports on Cohen’s banking transactions were “improperly disseminated.”

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, released a summary of the information Tuesday, showing that a number of companies, including one connected to a Kremlin-linked Russian billionaire, paid Cohen’s firm more than $1 million, supposedly for assorted services.

Avenatti declined to reveal the source of his information during an interview with the DC paper.

“The source or sources of our information is our work product, and nobody’s business,” Avenatti said.

“They can investigate all they want, but what they should be doing is releasing to the American public the three Suspicious Activity Reports filed on Michael Cohen’s account. Why are they hiding this information?”
The leaker of Cohen's personal banking info has come forward and given an interview to the New Yorker. While they didn't identify who the leaker was they did say the source of the information leaked came from a suspicious activity report from First Republic Bank where Cohen's shell company Essential Consultants used to pay Stormy Daniels and had an acct.

The leaker told the New Yorker that two prior suspicious activity reports from that bank involving much larger transactions then what has been leaked had been deleted from the Treasury Dept database known as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

The leaker said that these two suspicious activity reports being deleted from the FCEN database set off alarm bells for them and suggest that information about Cohen and his banking activity which was being flagged as suspicious for Federal Govt review was being hidden from federal officials

The official said that the FCEN is a safeguard for the banks to cooperate with the Federal Govt and that items they flag as suspicious are never removed and remain for future use. When the official saw they had been removed they became concerned and then came forward to blow the whistle.

Former govt officials and experts say that the FCEN may have information hidden but it is extremely rare if the banking info is restricted due to sensitive material that could affect National Security, but didn't see a reason why any of Cohen's banking info would meet that criteria

All of this has raised questions if someone with access to the FCEN in the Treasury Dept is trying to cover up evidence that may be damaging to Trump
 

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“They can investigate all they want, but what they should be doing is releasing to the American public the three Suspicious Activity Reports filed on Michael Cohen’s account. Why are they hiding this information?”
Why? Because it is illegal to release a SAR.You cant even subpoena a bank to obtain a SAR. They are protected. If FinCEN releases them then they are violating their own regulation.
 

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Why? Because it is illegal to release a SAR.You cant even subpoena a bank to obtain a SAR. They are protected. If FinCEN releases them then they are violating their own regulation.
So in this case the leaker is claiming that SAR's already filed with the FinCEN's are being deleted and removed from the database.
 
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