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Firm Tied to Russian Oligarch Made Payments to Michael Cohen

Financial records reviewed by The New York Times show that Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, used the shell company, Essential Consultants L.L.C., for an array of business activities that went far beyond what was publicly known. Transactions adding up to at least $4.4 million flowed through Essential Consultants starting shortly before Mr. Trump was elected president and continuing to this January, the records show.

Among the previously unreported transactions were payments last year of about $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm in New York whose biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch. A lawyer for Columbus Nova, in a statement on Tuesday, described the money as a consulting fee that had nothing to do with Mr. Vekselberg.

Companies Are Scrambling to Explain Their Ties to Cohen

In a statement, the Swiss drugmaker said it signed a yearlong contract with Cohen in March 2017 for advice on how the Trump administration might approach health-care matters. It said it paid just shy of $100,000 a month for the year even though it decided early on against using Cohen’s services. The company previously said it is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“The ‘explanations’ being provided by these various entities are raising many more additional questions than they are answering,” Avenatti said by telephone Wednesday, saying Cohen should disclose who paid him and why. “Unfortunately, I am just a lawyer. Michael Cohen evidently is a lawyer, a real estate agent, an accountant, a doctor, a business consultant and a venture capitalist. Who knew that Michael Cohen would be exposed as the Leonardo da Vinci of our time?”

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