Anderson Cooper sat down with Former US Attorney Preet Bharara to discuss the recent revelations about Michael Cohen’s sources of income.
On Tuesday, during a segment on Anderson Cooper 360 Cooper asked Bharara about Michael Avenatti’s information release.
He did say that CNN had reviewed the documents that, and that they did appear to show the payments Avenatti referenced, but that they had not been able to independently verify or authenticate.
Cooper asked Bharara whether he thought it made sense that a Russian oligarch would be depositing $500,000 to Michael Cohen.
“No, it it makes no sense at all. You know if you look at the timing of the allegations about collusion, which is the
thing the president likes to say there’s no evidence of, and it’s not — you know — specifically by that word a crime
and it is not that’s all happening in 2016. Then there’s an election and in 2017 these payments that you folks have looked at — I haven’t looked at the documents independently but it looks like payments are being made from a Russian oligarch with close ties to Putin going into the account for the person who puts himself out very proudly as the personal or the present and in 2018. They may point out that this was through a U.S. subsidiary of his company.”
The pair also discussed the reports that pharmaceutical giant Novartis, and a South Korean aerospace company also paid Cohen during the same time period. In all, it is reported that the LLC Cohen set up to receive those payments is the same that he would later use to pay off Stormy Daniels. But what were these companies paying Michael Cohen for, exactly?
The most nefarious theory about that is that he was essentially selling access to Donald Trump. In total, it is reported that Cohen made over $4,000,000 from 2016 election period to present.
Bharara said simply that the combination of events “look fishy.”