When Michael Avenatti promises the goods, he delivers. That’s what America is learning as wave after wave of new information comes to light regarding the secret meeting held in Trump Tower on December 12, 2016 featuring Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal attorney who is currently in a world of hurt over his propensity for being more of a bag man than an actual lawyer.
In this case, the Qatari businessman, Ahmed al-Rumaihi, head of an investment firm deep into Russian oil company Rosneft — who have been subject to international sanctions since Putin’s Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in 2014 — has now not only confirmed that he was present at the late 2016 meeting, but that Cohen personally attended a meeting that he was in.
A video hosted by New Century Times depicts the appearance of al-Rumaihi at Trump Tower, so it was only a matter of time before it was officially confirmed that he was in attendance.
Now the Daily Mail UK is exclusively reporting that a source who spoke to al-Rumaihi after last week’s revelation that the Qatari investor had “bragged about bribing American officials” was told by al-Rumaihi himself that, although Michael Cohen did personally ask him for millions of dollars, he rebuffed the request.
That’s great for Ahmed al-Rumaihi, but awful news for Michael Cohen, for whom news could not be getting any worse.
The source says that the Qatari told him Cohen asked for the money “for Trump family members,” although he did not disclose the names of those people. That’s largely irrelevant since every Trump family member was in some way connected to the Trump presidential campaign, and each currently has ties to the US government anyway.
In addition, the source says, it was specified that the money would be in exchange for influence in the Trump administration, which Cohen was able to credibly promise since the December meeting took place after Trump’s victory was secured by the US electoral college.
The revelation of Cohen’s request to the foreign investor comes shortly after it was revealed that he did largely the same with a number of companies with business before the US government, including AT&T, Novartis, Uber, and the Ford Motor Company. Presumably he used the same angle with al-Rumaihi that he did with the other companies:
I have the best relationship with the president on the outside, and you need to hire me.”
Avenatti himself is rightly proud of his sleuth work, especially with a payoff that could result in the downfall of a corrupt American president.