Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti alleged that longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen was seen with men with “Russian ties” after his court appearance Friday.
Photo of Michael Cohen taken by my NY colleague Lawrence Crook- who reports that he’s sitting outside the Loews Regency now with a group of friends smoking cigars pic.twitter.com/5DzcHpOvE5
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) April 13, 2018
“Michael Cohen was videotaped and photographed sitting with a number of men,” Avenatti told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday. “We believe that a number of those actually had ties, Russian ties, as crazy as that sounds. This story gets more strange and more strange by the day. You couldn’t make this up if you wanted to.”
“Can you shed more light on what you said?” Tapper asked. “I mean, I saw a picture of one of the people he was sitting with, and he has ties to one particular Russian wealthy individual. What else are you talking about?”
“I don’t want to say too much this morning, but you can’t make this stuff up,” Avenatti replied. “I don’t understand what he is doing, what Michael Cohen’s doing with each passing day. This is getting worse and worse for him and getting worse and worse for the president.”
Talking Points Memo Josh Marshall identified one of the men in the photo as Rotem Rosen, who runs a holding company for a Putin-allied Russian oligarch. He was previously photographed with Trump at the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow in 2013.
omg this is amazing pic.twitter.com/TOlAIKvPl5
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 14, 2018
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