Avenatti Screws Up? Stormy's Lawyer Wrongly Accuses Two "Michael Cohens" Of Fraudulent Payments

Update: Michael Cohen's attorneys - based on the Avenatti's errors that we lay out below, confusing one 'Cohen' with another; as well as questioning the legitimacy of how the bank records were obtained - are disputing Michael Avenatti's report, demanding that Stormy Daniels motion to intervene not be granted.

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Two men named Michael Cohen with no relation to President Trump are fuming after porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrongly accused them of receiving "possibly fraudulent" payments.

Avenatti released a seven-page dossier on Tuesday containing various claims of financial malfeasance by President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. "But there is one problem with the document," writes the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross...

two of the allegedly “fraudulent” payments were made to men named Michael Cohen who have no affiliation with Trump.

Avenatti’s report includes a section listing “possible fraudulent and illegal financial transactions” involving Trump’s lawyer. One of the payments is a $4,250 wire transfer from a Malaysian company, Actuarial Partners, to a bank in Toronto.

The other is a $980 transfer from a Kenyan bank to Bank Hapoalim — the largest bank in Israel. -Daily Caller

In an email sent by one of the misidentified Michael Cohens to the Daily Caller, Avenetti is excoriated for not doing more research before releasing information

You are surely aware of the fact that this is an extremely common name and would request that you take care before involving innocent parries [sic] in this sordid affair,” wrote Cohen, who told Avenatti he is an international consultant who was paid by Actuarial Partners for work on a project in Tanzania. (Chuck Ross, Daily Caller)

“Actuarial Partners have already received inquiries from the press in this regard, and we would like to see this scurrilous rumour spiked as soon as possible.”

Israeli news outlet Haaretz found the other Cohen which Avenatti misidentified. 

“Mr. Cohen received one wire transfer in the amount of $980.00 from a Kenyan bank from account holders Netanel Cohen and Stav Hayun to an account in Israel at Bank Hapoalim,” Avenatti wrote in his dossier.

“I’ve never heard of Michael Cohen, and I have no connection to this affair,” said Netanel Cohen - who acknowledged to Haaretz that he transferred money to his brother, Michael Cohen, from his Kenyan bank account.

How did Avenatti obtain this information?

Earlier today we reported that the Treasury Department's inspector general has launched an investigation into how the confidential banking information for Essential Consultants LLC, the company controlled by President Trump’s personal attorney, was leaked, reports the Washington Post.

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

And as Chuck Ross points out  It remains a mystery how the financial records of a completely separate Michael Cohen would have ended up in the tranche of documents provided to Avenatti.

The Michael Cohen linked to Trump did however receive payments from AT&T, Novartis and Columbus Nova - a firm linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. While Avenatti's original reporting suggested that Columbus Nova was "controlled" by Vekselberg, Columbus hit back in a statement saying that the report was patently untrue.

"Columbus Nova is a management company solely owned and controlled by Americans," the statement said. "After the inauguration, the firm hired Michael Cohen as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures. Reports today that Viktor Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for payments to Michael Cohen are false. The claim that Viktor Vekselberg was involved or provided any funding for Columbus Nova's engagement of Michael Cohen is patently untrue. Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else other than Columbus Nova's owners, were involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement."

Novartis, meanwhile, defended their payments to Cohen for "healthcare" matters - and said that after they held their first meeting in March 2017, determined that Cohen would be "unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to US health-care policy matters" - while AT&T says they paid Cohen for insight into the innerworkings of President Trump. 

Cohen used the same firm, Essential Consultants, to route a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) in 2016 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with President Trump over a decade ago. Daniels is now suing Cohen and Trump to get out of the non-disclosure agreement. 


Bastiat navy62802 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 17:54 Permalink

"Reports today that Viktor Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for payments to Michael Cohen are false. The claim that Viktor Vekselberg was involved or provided any funding for Columbus Nova's engagement of Michael Cohen is patently untrue. Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else other than Columbus Nova's owners, were involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement."

So, once again, the Russia connection is complete and utter bullshit, refuted in 48 hours. But few who listen to the MSM will have their initial impression changed.  Trump-Pornstar-Russia. 

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NumberNone ml8ml8 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:42 Permalink

You're a fucking tool. 

Hillary had an illegal server stored in her basement that she funneled the correspondence of her corrupt activities through that the politicized FBI and DOJ would do nothing about.  She was breaking the law.

Not the same as a Federal employee using the power of the US legal system to acquire and illegally release financial documents they swore an oath to keep secret.  


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optimator NumberNone Wed, 05/09/2018 - 20:00 Permalink

She only trusted the server she had at home.  I wonder if a nice contribution to the Foundation got the password for a week?  Look at Petraeus, he put messages to his love in "Send Later" and she used his password to access the message and then delete it.  I guess neither one knew the Deep State could find anything if it needed it enough.

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Arctic Frost ml8ml8 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 21:29 Permalink


“Trump on the campaign trail . . .”

”Trump today . . .”

. . . and Trump tomorrow and the day after and the day after and hundreds of days after and thousands of days further . . . will continue to win. As you chase your tail in circles because either you’re incredibly stupid and can’t comprehend context or you twist everything he says and actually believe Americans are as stupid as you pretend to be. 


Many people on here may believe Americans buy into the MSM crap, but by everything I see in my life nothing could be further from the truth. Just like there are Trump fanatics there ARE fanatics on the left and they will believe everything told to them. However, fanatics are a very small percentage of the whole and what I see is even people who label themselves as liberal are seeing the truth. It’s incredibly satisfying.

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MarsInScorpio Giant Meteor Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:30 Permalink


All of you aware, of course, that Avenatti is an opposition researcher for Rahm Emmanuel.

You are aware of that, aren't you?

The coup d'etat goes far beyond DC.

However, at every turn, Hillary Clinton shows up with Hillary's Whore Corps shoveling the shit.

It is my greatest wish that the Treasurery Dept. won't play any games with these criminals in open rebellion against the legitimately elected government of the United States; since we know the FBI/DOJ is hopelssly lost as a criminal enterprise (redacted to protect national security your ass . . . ), perhaps this opportunity for Treasury to do the indicting will result in seeing Mueller et. al charged for their criminal activities.

Top of the list for charging: Andrew Weissman, Mueller's Criminal-at-Law. This entire fiasco is Classic Criminal Weissman; it is Enron Illegalities, Redux.

PS: For those dumbasses who still don't understand why Trump doesn't just move in and unplug their criminal operation, perhaps you should consider that without doing anything more than sending out tweets, the coup d"etat participants continue to self-indict.

How do you think a guy like Trump gets to be a guy like Trump?

By letting his enemies sign their own Death Warrants, that's how.

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Giant Meteor MarsInScorpio Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

I appreciate the time you've taken and the info that you provided ..

No fan of the headline seeking ambulance chasing pimp, nor his clientelle and paymasters to be sure ..

There are no fucking heroes in any of this sordid melodrama, which frankly, has gone on way too long as is, and I as yet see no end to it, or at least an end that is not going to further shred what's left of the remaining republic into more unrecognizable bits and pieces ..

I hold out no hope for things "getting better" but I do envision in every possible scenario, in every way things getting much worse. Either way, no heroes and nothing in any way to cheer about, which is why mostly these days I either remain silent, or crack wise to pass time until the next big reveal due out in 5 minutes ..

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Arctic Frost nonclaim Wed, 05/09/2018 - 21:44 Permalink


I think it is incompetence. Think about it, this lawyer actually believed that Mueller after nearly two years of hunting for dirt on a connection to Trump and Russian Collusion would give up that evidence to a different prosecutor? This lawyer believed that so thoroughly he didn’t check as to WHY Mueller wouldn’t have held onto the info for himself and his own investigation?


This is the perfect example of how a person becomes convinced of their own invincibility and their plans that their good judgement goes down the toilet. It’s a human axiom and the left can’t seem to grasp axioms.  

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nonclaim Arctic Frost Wed, 05/09/2018 - 22:52 Permalink

Late for a reply, but anyway... We can be reasonably sure by now that the whole Stormy deal is just another front from the same guys running the (so far) failed coup. Since she is not paying the lawyer, she is not the client (she is just an excuse). Who handed him this info? It has nothing to do with Stormy...

Whoever hired him said "quick, run with this" and so he did. He is a nobody for such a "high profile" case against a sitting president. He is not in a position to ask "are you sure? can I check it?". No he does as he is told and is very competent at that. But at this point, to be honest, he is just as expendable as Stormy.

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nmewn ghengis86 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:19 Permalink


"Either way, how are the transaction info finding its way to this cunt?"

A certain someone mentioned something like that this very morning...

"I would certainly hope it did not come from Cohens own records which were purloined/confiscated/stolen by government agents who raided his office, apartment & home and which are now UNDER SEAL awaiting a special master to go through them for relevancy...why, that would be, oh, what should we call that...a criminal offense?

That certainly fits the Mueller/Schneiderman/Comey/Brennan modus operandi, doesn't it?"

Personally, I think it's the sexual role playing, Mueller Attack Poodle #MeToo Supporting When Not Beating The Shit Out Of Womynz, the former (now "retired") AG of NY one Eric Schneiderman...lol.

Now, wouldn't that be a hoot?


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