Stormy Daniels's Attorney Michael Avenatti Got the Wrong Michael Cohen in Bank Records, Trump Lawyer Says

Michael Cohen contested swaths of the banking records released by Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti in a court filing on Wednesday. Although President Donald Trump's embattled personal attorney isn't denying many of transactions, he argued that some of the transactions belong to men with the same name. 

The records detail money paid to Essential Consultants, a company that Cohen allegedly created in 2016 to pay adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2007. The banking information shows that some major companies—including AT&T and Novartis—paid the attorney for consulting work, as did a firm tied to a  Russian oligarch. Attorneys for Cohen and the companies have not disputed those inclusions. 

According to Cohen's legal team, which filed a complaint to a federal judge, the report issued by Avenatti included a slew of small transactions that belong to other Michael Cohens.

"Mr. Avenatti has made numerous incorrect statements to the public in an apparent attempt to prejudice and discredit Mr. Cohen on this matter," his attorneys argued in a previous filing. “[He] deliberately distorted information from the records which appear to be in his possession for the purpose of creating a toxic mix of misinformation." 

NBC News tracked down one of the Cohens that Avenatti allegedly included as a mistake. The man confirmed to the station that he was the correct Michael Cohen who was paid $980 by two people in Kenya, as detailed in the banking records. 

"I am an Avionic technician in El Al airlines. So, no, not a lawyer," the 26-year-old Michael from Ashdod, Israel told NBC News. "No, I never talk with or meet Trump."

Another Michael Cohen from Canada was also included in the bank documents released by Avenatti. 

"The Michael Cohen who was actually involved in this transaction has expressed grave concerns about the breach of his privacy by Mr. Avenatti's apparently improper possession and publication of his personal bank records," wrote Stephen Ryan, Michael Cohen's attorney. 

It's unclear how those names were mixed in with Cohen's actual banking records, which set off a firestorm after it was revealed that a Russian oligarch had paid $500,000 to Cohen. Avenatti responded to Cohen's attorneys and his critics on Twitter, noting that the large sums of money in the bank records have not been disputed by Cohen's legal team. 

"Out...of approximately $3 million worth of transactions we listed, you claim we are wrong on less than $25,000 and thus we are inaccurate? So we are only 99.0% right? What a joke," Avenatti said in a tweet to Laura Ingraham.

He also addressed the issue in an earlier tweet. 

"If Mr. Ryan/Mr. Cohen dispute the receipt of nearly $2MM from Columbus Nova, Korea Aero, Novartis or ATT (as opposed to insignificant amounts), they should state it NOW," he wrote. "Regardless, they should IMMEDIATELY produce the bank records so the American people can judge the truth."

Michael-Cohen-Trump-Tower Michael Cohen, personal attorney to the president, reportedly recorded his conversations with President Donald Trump's top advisers. Now, those advisers worry he recorded his conversations with Trump, too. Drew Angerer/Getty Images