Novartis confirmed, in an emailed statement, that they paid Cohen $100,000 per month, for a total of $1.2 million.
Meanwhile, Columbus Nova told The Guardian it hired Cohen "as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate". Vekselberg, who attended Trump's inauguration, was sanctioned by the USA government in April. His cousin Andrew Intrater runs Columbus Nova, which a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission describes as Renova's USA affiliate.
Last week, one of Trump's lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, said that the president had reimbursed Cohen for the payment, contradicting Trump's previous statements that he had been unaware of the arrangement with Daniels.
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The FBI also collected recordings Cohen made of his conversations with lawyer Keith Davidson, who previously represented two women - Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, the same office now probing Cohen, sued a unit of Novartis in 2013, alleging a kickback scheme in which doctors were allegedly plied with expensive meals and alcohol in exchange for writing prescriptions for Novartis drugs. This is why the raid on Cohen's offices was so crucial.
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One big question surrounding this controversy is how the companies came to know about Cohen and his shell company.
Avenatti's document might provide a road map to those clients.
The companies and the government have filed hundreds of pages of post-trial documents, and U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington is weighing whether to bless the $85 billion deal or block it.
In another case, the payments may have bought simple face time: Trump met with the CEOs of Novartis and Bayer in January when he flew to Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.
"As the contract unfortunately could only be terminated for cause, payments continued to be made until the contract expired by its own terms in February 2018", Novartis said.
Representatives for Korea Aerospace did not respond to a request for comment. KAI is now competing for a lucrative contract from the United States defense department and hopes to produce about 350 trainer jets in partnership with the U.S. contractor Lockheed Martin.
In February 2017, shortly after the election of President Trump, Novartis entered into a one year agreement with Essential Consultants. Vekselberg funds several critically important prestige projects, including Skolkovo, the business incubator touted as Russia's answer to Silicon Valley.
"We are conducting an inquiry into possible improper dissemination of Bank Secrecy Act information", said Rich Delmar, a spokesman for the Treasury's inspector general, adding that the review is "predicated on information that was in the New York Times article earlier this week".
Novartis said it had been contacted in November 2017 by lawyers from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office regarding the agreement with Essential Consultants. By law, only USA citizens and legal permanent residents can donate to a US inaugural committee.