Over the last two years, a shell company set up by the president’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Russian oligarch and from several multinational corporations, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti claimed on Tuesday. According to Avenatti, Essential Consultants—the same LLC that Cohen used to pay Daniels $130,000 to remain silent about an alleged affair with Donald Trump—received payments from Viktor Vekselberg, who is targeted by U.S. sanctions; AT&T, which is currently engaged in an anti-trust lawsuit with the Department of Justice; and Novartis, whose C.E.O. met with Trump in January.May 17, 2017 - Robert S. Mueller III is appointed to serve as Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice. Officially coming into existence on July 1, 1870, the Department of Justice was empowered to handle all criminal prosecutions and civil suits in which the United States had an interest. The 1870 Act remains the foundation for the Departments authority, but the structure of the Department of Justice has changed over the years, with the addition of the offices of Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, and the formation of various components, offices, boards and divisions. From its beginning as a one-man, part-time position, the Department of Justice has evolved into the world's largest law office and the chief enforcer of federal laws.Thomas Jefferson wrote, The most sacred of the duties of government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens. This sacred duty remains the guiding principle for the women and men of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Note: This information is true and correct as of the date of this Preliminary Report of Findings
(May 8, 2018) to the best of our knowledge. Additional information is being obtained on a near
daily basis. The below information and findings, therefore, are subject to change.
Michael Dean Cohen
Michael Dean Cohen ("Mr. Cohen") is an attorney licensed in the State of New York.
He is a graduate of Cooley Law School and a resident of Manhattan, New York City,
Mr. Cohen served at the right hand of Mr. Donald J. Trump ("Mr. Trump") as Mr.
Trump's attorney beginning in approximately 2007 and continuing until at least April of
this year. During this same approximate time period, Mr. Cohen also occupied a senior
position with the Trump Organization (although it is unclear as to when he formally left
Importantly, at all relevant times, Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump have consistently referred
to Mr. Cohen as Mr. Trump's attorney. In fact, in answering reporters' questions on Air
Force One on April 5, 2018, Mr. Trump, referring to Mr. Cohen, stated "Michael is my
attorney" (present tense).
Essential Consultants, LLC
On or about October 17, 2016, Michael D. Cohen established a limited liability company
named Essential Consultants, LLC ("Essential") by filing the requisite paperwork with the
Secretary of State in Delaware.
At all material times, Essential has been exclusively owned and controlled by Mr. Cohen.
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FIRST REPUBLIC BANK
Establishment of Essential Consultants Bank Account at First Republic Bank
First Republic Bank ("First Republic") is a financial institution offering private banking,
private business banking, and private wealth management, including investment, trust,
and brokerage services.
In October 2016, less than one month before the 20