(National Sentinel)Â Corruption, Inc.: On Monday Michael Avenatti, mouthpiece attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, alleged that a Russian oligarch paid President Donald J. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, $500,000 shortly after the 2016 election.
Without proof, Avenatti alleged in a tweet: “After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trumpâ€™s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian OligarcÂ [sic] with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.”
After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 8, 2021
That seems highly unlikely, given that after years of investigating the Trump campaign neither Congress, nor the FBI, nor the Justice Department, nor special counsel Robert Mueller has managed to find this alleged evidence.
If the full force of the U.S. government couldn’t find this information, how did a lawyer for a porn star get it?
In any event, since Avenatti leveled his allegations, an old report from theÂ Washington Examiner has resurfaced involving the same Russian billionaire,Â Viktor Vekselberg, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
TheÂ Washington Examiner reported in September 2016, just months before the election:
New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clintonâ€™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 Clintonsâ€™ 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 Vekselbergâ€™s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renovaâ€™s subsidiaries.
Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the â€œRussian Silicon Valleyâ€ just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clintonâ€™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 Clintonâ€™s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
Vekselbergâ€™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.
In addition to the Clintons, Vekselberg also has ties to longtime Clinton operative and 2016 campaign manager John Podesta.
According to Trump association Roger Stone atÂ 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 Clintonâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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.
Allegations that Vekselberg paid a half-million dollars to Cohen, and that Cohen used $130,000 of that to pay off Daniels, is the stuff of fiction movies.
Besides, one of Trump’s legal eagles, Rudy Giuliani, said last week to no small amount of criticism that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the expense.
This sounds like another publicity stunt byÂ Avenatti, who’s getting pretty good at staging them.
This also sounds like more Clinton Foundation corruption; how’s the investigation into that going?
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