AT&T on Tuesday admitted it paid Essential Consultants LLC, Michael Cohen’s private company, for “insight into understanding” Donald Trump’s administration.
BREAKING: @ATT confirms payments to Cohen LLC >>
Full Stmt: “Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017”
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) May 8, 2018
Essential Consultants LLC, founded by Cohen in October 2016, is the same company used to pay adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in a hush payment prior to the election.
So the porn star hush money fund that Michael Cohen set up was paid by Fortune 500 companies who wanted to get in the new administration’s good graces.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 8, 2018
The AT&T statement follows a release by Daniel’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, alleging a $500,000 payment to Cohen from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. In that release, Avenatti also flagged other suspicious transactions involving Cohen, including AT&T’s.
Tuesday, CNN reported that special counsel Robert Mueller has questioned Vekselberg about payments to Cohen.