It looks like President Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen was “promising access” to the presidency.
According to an informant inside the pharmaceutical giant Novartis, Cohen promised direct access to President Trump in exchange for cash.
The source further alleges that Cohen approached them, not the other way around and informed them on how he could set up meetings between the company and President Trump. They then paid him $1.2 million in cash, money that went to Cohen’s shell company set up to payback porn star Stormy Daniels.
“He reached out to us,” the source claimed. “With a new administration coming in, basically, all the traditional contacts disappeared and they were all new players. We were trying to find an inroad into the administration. Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist.”
Here’s the problem: Not only is all of this very, very bad, but Cohen is not a registered lobbyist even.
Novartis wasn’t the only one who made payments to Cohen and tried to pay for “access.”There were four other companies, one with ties to Russian President Vladmir Putin who paid Cohen $500,000. This might be one of the reasons the FBI raided his offices, looking for more information regarding the payments.
“We now have multiple different things supposedly that Michael Cohen was doing for all these companies. Now we hear from Novartis that he was hired on health care matters — evidently he’s a doctor,” Avenatti said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“One of the companies mentioned they hired him for real estate matters — he’s a real estate agent? Another company stated that they hired him for accounting advice, evidently he’s an accountant. So he’s a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant, and a real estate agent.
“I’m just a lawyer. I’m not that bright I guess,” Avenatti added.
“Where did the money go?” he asked. “Did all of it go to Michael Cohen? Did some of it go back to the Trump organization? Did some of it ultimately find its way back to the president?”