Watergate Prosecutor Says New Documents on Trump Lawyer Could Prove 'Conspiracy' With the Russians
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said Tuesday night the latest allegations against President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen could be the key to proving a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
The allegations came from Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stephanie Clifford (better known as Stormy Daniels) in her lawsuit against the president and his attorney. Avenatti released documents Tuesday evening alleging that Cohen received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a company controlled by a powerful Russian oligarch in the months after the 2016 election, potentially as repayment for the $130,000 hush money payment Cohen made to Clifford.
The report was quickly confirmed by the Daily Beast, and CNN reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had questioned the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg about payments to Cohen.
"The crimes involved here are numerous," Akerman said, referring to Avenatti's allegations, on MSNBC with host Ari Melber. "This could prove the conspiracy between the campaign and the Russians."
"You see this as potential collusion evidence?" Melber said.
"Oh, I think it's conspiracy evidence for both the conspiracy to steal the emails and distribute them to help Trump get elected president, as well as the conspiracy relating to Facebook and the use of social media to suppress the Clinton vote," Akerman said.
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"This could prove the conspiracy between the campaign and the Russians' - Watergate prosecutor @nickakerman on latest allegations Michael Cohen took money from Russian Oligarch pic.twitter.com/F6XcrUrp6l— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) May 8, 2018