Late night had a field day after several major companies, including AT&T and pharmaceutical giant Novartis, acknowledged that they paid Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for "insights into understanding the new administration" after the president was elected.
The report, dubbed "Project Sunlight", was published by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who Cohen paid $130,000 to keep quiet about a 2006 affair she said she had with Trump.
"It stretches the imagination that the work was just for advice".
Among the claims Cohen says are incorrect: A wire transfer he supposedly received, sent to an account in Toronto, was actually received by a Canadian citizen named Michael Cohen for foreign aid work the Canadian Cohen did in Tanzania.
Cohen's attorneys refer in their court filing Wednesday to the public denial by Columbus Nova.
After Trump's election, corporate money started flowing into Essential Consultants.
"Corporations want to pay for insight, advocacy and expertise on a White House", said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg.
Inspector general counsel Rich Delmar said the agencys actions stem from its authority as the federal agency that analyzes banking records for potential illegal activity.
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In his 7-page report, Avenatti accused Cohen of "likely" committing bank fraud, and detailed $4.4 million in "suspicious" transactions.
Avenatti did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Among the previously unreported transactions were payments a year ago totaling about $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm in NY whose biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch.
Involved with Trump lawyer's LLC is a company founded by Russian oligarch Viktor F. Vekselberg.
Andrey Shtorkh, a spokesman for Vekselberg said in a statement that Vekselberg did not have a "contractual relationship" with Cohen or his firm.
A lawyer for Columbus Nova has said Russian businessman Vekselberg had nothing to do with the transaction, which Avenatti said amounted to $500,000.
Novartis was contacted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office in November 2017 regarding their engagement with Mr. Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for his business practices. More recently, he has expanded his assets to include industrial equipment and high technology.
An attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels said he has additional evidence linking a Russian businessman to U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as global and U.S. companies on Wednesday acknowledged large payments to Cohen's consulting firm. Reuters, however, reports that payments were made monthly from February 2017 to February 2018, bringing the total closer to $1 million. But they also said that some of the information suggests Avenatti had direct access to Cohen's private bank records, which they say they do not believe he had legal access to.