Indictment of Michael Cohen said to be imminent as Trump fixer ponders cooperating with prosecutors

Reminder that when Michael Cohen was raided the White House increased calls to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, this could inevitably lead to an end of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.

But why was President Trump spooked by the raid? There were tape recordings seized.

The White House told its allies to go on television and call for the President to fire Rod Rosenstein – an attempt to obstruct and put an end to Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.[1] The rhetoric to fire Deputy AG Rosenstein has increased substantially since Rosenstein signed off on Southern District of New York led raids on the President’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.[2] Moreover, the manner in which a search warrant on an attorney’s office being granted would require extraordinary circumstances. It would require signing off from a federal judge that would need to be convinced that investigators are likely to discover criminal activity. The search warrants would require consultation from seniors members of President Trump’s Justice Department.[3] At the time of the raid the White House and its allies were gearing up to fire Deputy AG Rosenstein as the White House fears investigators seized tape recordings of conversations between Cohen and President Trump.[4]

President Trump has attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller multiple times.

President Trump asked an ally to go on television and call on the President to fire Special Counsel Mueller.[5] President Trump’s former lead Russia lawyer, who recently quit,[6] called for an end of Mueller’s investigation.[7] In June of 2017 President Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller, he was allegedly stopped by White House Counsel Don McGahn when he threatened to resign over the move.[8] In December President Trump wanted to fire Mueller and shut down the investigation again after investigators issued subpoenas for obtaining information about the President’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank.[9]

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney and Republican National Committee Deputy Finance Chairman who is responsible for the bulk of the RNC fundraising efforts,[1] appears to have been soliciting companies for millions of dollars with the promise of access to the President.[2] Michael Avenatti has estimated a total of $4.4 million in transactions occurred between companies and the President’s personal attorney.[3]

A pharmaceutical corporation, Novartis, paid Michael Cohen’s shell company $1.2 million.[4] These payments occured weeks before the new CEO of Novartis had dinner with President Trump during his visit to Davos.[5] AT&T gave him $600,000.[6] A South Korean aerospace company gave him $150,000,[7] they claim they used Cohen’s services on accounting, but a closer look shows us something much more nefarious was probable;

The arrangement came as the company, backed by state-owned Export-Import Bank of Korea, competes to sell trainer jets to the U.S. Air Force in an auction that could be worth up to $16 billion.

The Times’s review of financial records confirmed much of what was in Mr. Avenatti’s report. In addition, a review of documents and interviews shed additional light on Mr. Cohen’s dealings with the company connected to Mr. Vekselberg, who was stopped and questioned at an airport earlier this year by investigators for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Taken together, The Times’s findings and Mr. Avenatti’s report offer the most detailed picture yet on Mr. Cohen’s business dealings and financial entanglements in the run-up to the election and its aftermath. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Mr. Cohen for possible bank fraud and election-law violations, among other matters, according to people briefed on the investigation. Stephen Ryan, a lawyer representing Mr. Cohen, declined to comment.

…The payments by Columbus Nova occurred between January and August of last year. Andrew Intrater, the company’s American chief executive and Mr. Vekselberg’s cousin, donated $250,000 to Mr. Trump’s inauguration, campaign finance records show. He and Mr. Vekselberg attended the event together and met with Mr. Cohen there, according to a person briefed on the matter. Columbus Nova retained him as a consultant soon afterward.

Columbus Nova, the company…

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