Michael Cohen 'Selling Access' to Trump and Should Release Bank Statements, Michael Avenatti Says

Stormy Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti said on Wednesday that attorney Michael Cohen seems to be "selling access" to his client President Donald Trump and challenged Cohen to release his bank statements to prove otherwise.

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Avenatti appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe show the day after he claimed that a Russian oligarch, AT&T and others made payments into Cohen's bank account for Essential Consultants, used to pay Daniels $130,000 to keep hush about an affair she alleges she had with Trump.

"Look, let me say this, to the extent that it's not accurate," Avenatti said of the explosive claim he backed with a seven-page online document, "The president and Michael Cohen should clear this up this morning. They should release the bank statements this morning."

Avenatti's document detailed that Cohen's bank account had transactions amounting to more than $4.4 million between October 2016 and January 2018, including $500,000 deposited from a company tied to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and $200,000 from AT&T. Media outlets including The New York Times and NBC News later confirmed those claims.

"You've got millions of dollars that are being deposited into this account," Avenatti said on air. "Michael Cohen appears to be selling access to the president of the United States."

The lawyer for Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, also pointed to a statement by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis that it paid Cohen for consulting "shortly after the election of President Trump, focused on U.S. healthcare policy matters."

"We now have multiple different things that Michael Cohen was doing for all these different companies. So he's a lawyer, an accountant and a real estate agent," Avenatti said. "I'm just a lawyer, I'm not that bright, I guess."

Avenatti said the bigger picture is that the public does not know the full story related to the various deposits.

"I raised this last night, where did the money go?" Avenatti said. "Did all of it go to Michael Cohen? Did some of it go back to the Trump Organization? Did some of it ultimately find its way to the president?"

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