It’s only been a few days since investigative work by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for actress Stormy Daniels, turned up hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments that, at least on the surface, look like straight-up bribery from companies with business before the government. The news, however, has created a tsunami of denials, tweets, and further legal action.
Today three powerful Democratic Senators joined the fray, sending a sternly-worded letter to the CEO of AT&T, the Texas-based communications company whose payments to Michael Cohen look even more suspect than most, given the multitude of reasons they have to suck up to the powers that be.
At this point, Senators Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren, and Ron Wyden are essentially gathering facts for what could end up being a corruption investigation of both Cohen AND Donald Trump himself. At the very least, it appears that Cohen facilitated either bribery or extortion on behalf of multiple companies, but the breadth of knowledge the Senators already have — thanks to Avenatti’s sleuthing — is breathtaking.