Michael Cohen In ALL The Shit. Again.
I'm a CONSULTANT!
Pour one out for poor Michael Cohen, who is really, really bad at crime. No matter how much he practices, he always fucks it up. And he practices A LOT.
The New York Times reports that, 11 days before the inauguration, Donald Trump's attack schnauzer had a nice chat with Putin's good buddy Viktor Vekselberg about US-Russian relations. Did they discuss how super-awesome it would be if those pesky Magnitsky Act sanctions disappeared and Americans agreed to let oligarchs like himself access the US financial market in exchange for bouncy Russian babies? WHO KNOWS!
Well, Andrew Intrater knows, because he was at that meeting in Cohen's 26th floor office at Trump Tower. And if you're asking yourself, "Why do the names Viktor Vekselberg and Andrew Intrater sound familiar?" it's because we wrote about them two weeks ago in a fun story called Fuck Are All These Russians Doing In Michael Cohen’s Sex Payoff Slush Fund?????
Remember how Michael Cohen, who is also very bad at law, drafted that moronic hush money agreement and routed the payment to Stormy Daniels through a shell company called Essential Consultants, LLC? And after the election he got companies like AT&T, Novartis, and a Korean aerospace firm to send him money for "consulting" ... on how NOT to practice law, we guess. Anyway!
As Your Boyfriend Michael Avenatti pointed out, Cohen received at least half a million dollars from a company controlled by a Putin-linked oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg.
After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 8, 2018
And then spokesmen for the investment firm Columbus Nova jumped up and down shouting WE AIN'T KNOW HER! This firm is totally separate from Vekselberg! It's run by ... Andrew Intrater. Who is ... Viktor Vekselberg's cousin.
It's just a coincidence that the website for Vekselberg's Renova company listed Columbus Nova as part of its "Group" as recently as November. It's also a coincidence that Columbus Nova registered a slew of website domains gearing toward the very fine people who tend to vote for the Tangerine Mussolini. As $200 million investment funds do on the regular.
I can answer this question since I wrote that sentence. Here are some domains purchased by Columbus Nova:
alt-right (dot) co
alternate-rt (dot) com
alt-rite (dot) com
(7 other variations on that theme)
1-800getalife (dot) com
carlcuck (dot) com
cnnjournal (dot) com https://t.co/LGQsTRBzuh
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) May 9, 2018
And in another amazing coincidence, after Cohen and Vekselberg hung out again at the inauguration, Columbus Nova decided to shell out a million dollars to hear Cohen's deeep thoughts on ... well, fuck if we know! Plaid sport coats made from Secretariat's favorite blanket?
Days after the inauguration, Mr. Intrater’s private equity firm, Columbus Nova, awarded Mr. Cohen a $1 million consulting contract, a deal that has drawn the attention of federal authorities investigating Mr. Cohen, according to people briefed on the inquiry.
GOSH! Wonder what Robert Mueller asked Viktor Vekselberg when he stopped his plane and searched his electronic devices in March? Bet Michael Cohen is wondering, too!
PSSSST, MIKEY! NOW'S THE TIME YOU TELL THAT NICE MAN MR. MUELLER EVERYTHING YOU KNOW!
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Liz Dye lives in Baltimore with her wonderful husband and a houseful of teenagers. When she isn't being mad about a thing on the internet, she's hiding in plain sight in the carpool line. She's the one wearing yoga pants glaring at her phone.