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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Russian oligarch paid $500,000 to Trump's personal attorney, claims Stormy's lawyer

Claim: Stormy Daniels. Photo: AP
Claim: Stormy Daniels. Photo: AP

Jeremy B White

Donald Trump's personal attorney allegedly received money from a Russian oligarch linked to Vladimir Putin, according to the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is suing the US president.

Michael Avenatti claimed Michael Cohen was involved with $4.4m (€3.7m) worth of "suspicious financial transactions" between October 2016 - shortly before the US election - and January 2018. He made the claim in a document released via his Twitter account.

Mr Avenatti is representing Ms Daniels, who is suing Mr Trump over a non-disclosure agreement.

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleges she had sex with the US leader in 2006. She is suing the president and Mr Cohen to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement which she has claimed is void because the president did not personally sign it.

Mr Avenatti's document claims that $500,000 of the $4.4m that flowed through an account controlled by Mr Cohen came from a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian national with close ties to his country's president. It does not explain where he got the information from.

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