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Idiot porn star lawyer in Trump case has a LOT of explaining to do after THIS epic FAIL

(National SentinelScrewed: Michael Avenatti, the camera-hungry, attention-seeking lawyer for Stormy Daniels, may have just stepped in it big time over a false accusation he made against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

On Monday Avenatti alleged that a Russian oligarch paid President Donald J. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, $500,000 shortly after the 2016 election.


Without proof, Avenatti said in a tweet: “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 [sic] with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.”

That seemed highly unlikely, given that after years of investigating the Trump campaign neither Congress, nor the FBI, nor the Justice Department, nor special counsel Robert Mueller has managed to find this alleged evidence.

Turns out it was unlikely.

Avenatti produced a seven-page document containing a list of payments purportedly made to presidential lawyer Michael Cohen. But two of the allegedly “fraudulent” payments were made to men named Michael Cohen who have no affiliation with Trump.

Oops.

As The Western Journal reported:

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.

Zainal Kassim, a representative for Actuarial Partners, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Avenatti’s report is a case of mistaken identity. He forwarded an email the falsely accused Michael Cohen sent to Avenatti requesting the lawyer “correct this error forthwith and make it known publicly” there is no connection to Trump’s Michael Cohen.

It is unclear how Avenatti obtained the financial records cited in his report. But various news outlets, including The New York Times, also appear to have viewed the documents. The Treasury Department’s office of the inspector general opened an investigation into whether someone leaked Cohen’s financial documents to Avenatti and the press, it was reported on Wednesday.




“You are surely aware of the fact that this is an extremely common name and would request that you take care before involving innocent parties 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.

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

And of course, there is nothing more about the Russian billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who — it turns out — has ties to none other than Bill and Hillary Clinton.

You can’t make this stuff up.

The Washington Examiner reported in September 2016, just months before the election:

New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.

The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.

Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.

The emails, obtained by conservative-leaning Citizens United and provided first to the Washington Examiner, do not reveal any illegal activity on the part of the State Department, the Clintons or their foundation.

But the records shed light on one of many relationships that blurred the lines between the Clinton’s political, financial and philanthropic pursuits while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

Vekselberg’s Renova Group has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show. Another firm associated with Vekselberg, OC Oerlikon, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Vekselberg also has ties to longtime Clinton operative and Hillary campaign manager John Podesta.


So the question of the moment is just how did Avenatti come by this highly personal information? And how did the other publications get ahold of it?

More to the point, how come none of them figured out before they went public they were fingering the wrong Michael Cohen?

The U.S. Treasury Department wants to know. Let’s hope indictments will soon follow.

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