Mirza-Reid, the Novartis spokeswoman, said Trump's meeting with Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan "was in no way related" to the payments the company had been making to Cohen for the preceding year. AT&T said, "Per your question on Mueller, we are not providing comment".
Novartis first met with Mr. Cohen in March 2017. Cohen has claimed that he paid Daniels out of his own pocket, using a home-equity loan to secure the funds. In the wake of the publication, Novartis has announced that it has ended a contract with Essential Consultants, a U.S. company linked to Cohen, and has since cooperated with a special counsel investigation into alleged interference in the 2016 Presidential election. Last month the Federal Bureau of Investigation even raided Cohen's home and office, seizing papers and electronic devices. Trump said he reimbursed Cohen.
Cohen used the same shell company to pay Daniels $130,000 in the run-up to the 2016 election to keep quiet about her claims of an affair with Trump.
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"As the contract, unfortunately, could only be terminated for cause, payments continued to be made until the contract expired by its own terms in February 2018", Novartis said.
Telecom giant AT&T is trying to untangle itself from Michael Cohen's growing legal troubles. According to Avenatti, this is notable because Columbus Nova is "controlled by" Viktor Vekselberg "a Russian oligarch with an estimated net worth of almost $13 billion".
Richard Owens, a lawyer for Columbus Nova, said: "Reports today that Viktor Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for payments to Michael Cohen are false". In fact, the same Russian oligarch who was recently stopped at an American airport and questioned by Mueller's investigators, Viktor Vekselberg. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing. The funds were sent to the bank account of the front company Essential Consultants, which Cohen created before the election and used to transfer money to Daniels in January-August previous year.
A spokesman for the company told Reuters that it had contracted Cohen for "legal consulting concerning accounting standards". The company is in contention for a multibillion-dollar joint contract with Lockheed Martin to produce jet trainers for the U.S. Air Force.More news: Steve Kerr compares 'Hampton 5' to Jordan-era Bulls
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