Wednesday morning saw the unsealing of more search warrants used to in the case of Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen. The warrants are from the summer of 2017, where Cohen’s emails were read as part of an ongoing investigation. A Tuesday ruling from a judge gave the go ahead for the documents to be released to news outlets that had requested them.
This comes amid Cohen’s confinement for the next three years. He is serving time in prison for making false statements under oath to Congress. Part of his crimes also include making illegal payments to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars to adult film actresses Stormy Daniels and Playboy bunny Karen McDougal. The payments were so that the public would not find out about alleged extramarital affairs Trump had with the women while married to his third and current wife, First Lady Melania Trump.
According to Bloomberg, there is something most suspicious about the emails the FBI unveiled. They included communications with the cousin of Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Cohen communicated via phone and text message with Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater is an American citizen and the CEO of U.S. based money management firm Columbus Nova LLC. Even more curiously, Cohen began exchanging communications with Intrater the day Donald Trump was elected President.
Columbus Nova is an investment company, and it is controlled by Renova Group, which Vekselberg owns. Columbus Nova scoffed at Bloomberg’s reporting in a public statement:
“OMG breaking news: two people who were working together talked on the phone and texted each other. Scroll down to the next story where Bloomberg reports on water being wet! Telephone records related to Cohen’s cellular telephone show that on or about Nov. 8, 2016, the day of the presidential election, a telephone registered to Cohen exchanged the first in a series of text messages with the CEO of Columbus Nova.”
They also deny being connected to Vekselberg’s firm.
Here are copies of the unsealed documents:cohen-search