Michael Cohen who is president Trump’s lawyer had a meeting with the Russian Oligarch on the relations between Russia and the U.S eleven days before the inaugural ceremony of making Trump the president, according to an individual who was aware of the meeting.
Viktor Veekselberg who is a billionaire paid Cohen through a firm $500,000 as a consultation fee. Cohen met with Veklelberg in his offices in the Trump Tower’s 26th floor for about 20 minutes, as the individual stated who provided the information anonymously because the meeting was not supposed to be discussed publicly. Viktor and Cohen were later joined by Andrew Intrater, who is the American cousin to Viktor and heads a private equity firm in New York that is responsible for managing the financial assets of the Russians.
The anonymous individual who provided this information said that the meeting that was held in January 2017 was based on cultural and business relations between Russia and the US. Viktor Vekselberg has been working in the past few years on improving the U.S trade and tech relations.
The firm that paid Cohen $500,000 is called Columbus Nova and Stormy Daniels the adult film star’s lawyer said that the money went to a shell company owned by Cohen. The same shell company which is called Essential Consultants LLC was the one that was used to pay off Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) for her silence on the alleged affair that Trump had with her, which Trump denies.
Federal investigations on Cohen are currently going on in New York after Robert Mueller who is a special counsel investigating the contracts between Russian intermediaries and the presidential campaign of Trump referred the matter to the authorities.
Vekselberg is reported by Columbas Nova to have no association with the money transfer as was earlier stated. In April, Vekselberg was targeted with sanctions by the U.S Treasury Department as links were discovered on his ties to Vladimir Putin who is the Russian president.
The New York Times reported the meeting between the three men that happened in the Trump Tower, referring to a video surveillance followed by an Intrater interview. Intrater is the owner of Columbus Nova that is said to have been a medium of paying Cohen with the consultation fee of $500,000.