The Israel-lobbyists, Netanyahu cronies, psyops manipulators and well-connected oligarchs — could it all be just one big coincidence?
A senior FBI agent in the Boston field office wrote a highly unusual newspaper column in 2014 warning that a Russian foundation that Vekselberg controlled might be a clandestine siphon for Russia’s intelligence services to steal cutting-edge technological secrets from American companies, as NPR’s Tim Mak reported.
The column in the Boston Business Journal appeared in April 2014 and sought to warn Boston-area tech companies and researchers to steer clear of the Skolkovo Foundation, launched by Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and run by Vekselberg.
The company told employees Friday in an internal memo that Senior Executive Vice President Bob Quinn was retiring, but people familiar with the matter said the policy chief was forced to leave.
Three days after President Trump was sworn into office, the telecom giant AT&T turned to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for help on a wide portfolio of issues pending before the federal government — including the company’s proposed merger with Time Warner, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Public documents describe Columbus Nova as the US affiliate of the Russian investment company Renova Group, which is chaired by Viktor Vekselberg, who is a cousin of Andrew and Frederick Intrater.
The attorney for Stormy Daniels — the porn star who received $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump a decade ago — produced information Tuesday evening that appears to add further details to CNN’s reporting. Michael Avenatti alleged that Cohen received half a million dollars from a company affiliated with Vekselberg in the months after the presidential election.
“Ultimately, he is going to be forced to resign,” said Michael Avenatti, the attorney for the adult film actor who says she had an affair with Donald Trump and was paid by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, to keep it quiet.
“I don’t know how he will ultimately spin his departure, but I firmly believe there is going to be too much evidence of wrongdoing by him and those around him for him to be able to survive the balance of his term.”
Die Affäre um das an die Porno-Darstellerin Stormy Daniels gezahlte Schweigegeld weitet sich immer mehr zu einer medialen Schlacht zwischen Juristen aus. Und dabei hat das Lager von US-Präsident Donald Trump, repräsentiert durch Rudolph Giuliani, zurzeit die schlechteren Karten.
When asked during an interview on ABC News’s “This Week” whether Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, had made payments to other women, Giuliani said he did not know of any but acknowledged that this could have happened.
“I have no knowledge of that,” Giuliani said. “But I would think if it was necessary, yes.”
Rudolph W. Giuliani’s media blitz to convince the public that neither Donald Trump nor his lawyer had violated the law by paying a porn star to keep quiet about an alleged affair might have backfired, giving investigators new leads to chase and new evidence of potential crimes, legal analysts said.
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U.S. officials told NBC News that Cohen was actually being monitored via pen register.
(05.03.18 3:02 PM ET) “Us lawyers have talked about it, we don’t believe it’s true,” Giuliani told The Daily Beast. “We think it’s going to turn out to be untrue because it would be totally illegal.“
Here’s what we don’t know: We don’t know specifically what the FBI was looking for when it raided the office of Michael Cohen, high-profile attorney for the Trump Organization. We don’t know what they found; we don’t know what investigations might be bolstered or curtailed by the evidence they seized.
What we do know, though, is interesting enough. The raid, which covered Cohen’s office and, according to the Wall Street Journal, his home and a Manhattan hotel room, included the seizure of information about the payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election and it included communications between Cohen and President Trump — meaning it included communication between an attorney and his client.
(3.5.2018) Vor dreieinhalb Wochen durchsuchten Beamte der Bundespolizei FBI seine Büro- und Privaträume in New York. Dabei beschlagnahmten sie tausende Dokumente und Daten sowie 16 Handys. Laut NBC News ist unklar, über welchen Zeitraum sich der Lauschangriff auf Cohen erstreckte. Seine Telefongespräche seien jedoch in den Wochen vor den Durchsuchungen abgehört worden
It is not clear how long the wiretap has been authorized, but NBC News has learned it was in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen’s offices, hotel room, and home in early April, according to one person with direct knowledge.
At least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted, the person said.
University of Michigan Professor Barbara McQuade, a former prosecutor, said that Giuliani “may just be building the case against [Trump]. Even demanding that Comey make a public statement that Trump is not under investigation would itself potentially be obstruction of justice.” Likewise, New York Magazine observed “many pundits were quick to note that firing Comey because he wouldn’t say what Trump wanted about the Russia investigation, sounds like the very definition of obstruction of justice.”
So why would Giuliani give a statement seemingly at odds with the president’s?
Mr. Giuliani said that he had spoken with the president before and after his interview on Fox News, and that Mr. Trump and other lawyers on the team were aware of what he would say.
Die Zahlung ist vor allem deshalb brisant, weil es sich um eine Wahlkampfhilfe für Trump und damit um eine nicht deklarierte und somit illegale Wahlkampfspende gehandelt haben könnte. Cohen führte bisher stets an, das Geld aus eigener Tasche gezahlt zu haben, Trump beteuerte hingegen, nichts von der Zahlung gewusst zu haben.
US-Präsident Donald Trumps persönlicher Anwalt Michael Cohen will in der Affäre um die Pornodarstellerin Stephanie Clifford (Stormy Daniels) von seinem Aussageverweigerungsrecht Gebrauch machen. In einer gestern (Ortszeit) veröffentlichten Erklärung berief sich Cohen dabei auf den 5. Zusatzartikel zur Verfassung der Vereinigten Staaten, nach dem niemand in einer Untersuchung gegen sich selbst aussagen muss.
“He seems to be saying, ‘I wasn’t really a client of attorney Michael Cohen’s but our conversations were confidential because he is an attorney and I am his client,” Cooper said.
Cooper made reference to the Fox News motto in summing up his view of Hannity’s ethical conundrum. „Not disclosing a business or legal relationship with someone you reported on … doesn’t sound either fair or balanced,“ Cooper said.
«Das ist eine Kriegserklärung an den Präsidenten der USA!» So wetterte der konservative TV-Moderator Sean Hannity (56) letzte Woche in seiner Sendung auf «Fox News» – immerhin die meistgesehene Nachrichtensendung des Landes. Gerade war bekannt geworden, dass das FBI eine Razzia bei Donald Trumps (71) Anwalt Michael Cohen (51) durchgeführt hatte.
Nun kommt raus: Auch Hannity ist ein Klient von Cohen.
President Trump on April 9 said the raid by FBI agents of the office of Michael Cohen, his private lawyer, is a “disgraceful situation.”
TRUMP: So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys — a good man. And it’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down. We’ve given, I believe, over a million pages‘ worth of documents to the Special Counsel.
They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria and we’re talking about a lot of serious things. We’re the greatest fighting force ever. And I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now — and actually, much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination, it started.
And it’s a disgrace. It’s, frankly, a real disgrace. It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense.