Donald Trump may be the most innocent man in the world, but if you believe the Bible is correct and bad company really does corrupt good character, then I wouldn’t count on it. He’s managed to surround himself with a lot of shady characters.
A prime example is his longtime attorney/fixer, Michael Cohen. The stench around that guy gets heavier and more noxious, every day.
In the latest development, it’s being reported today by the Washington Post that Cohen offered Qatari government officials access to the president for $1 million, in December 2016. It was around the same time that Qatari officials were visiting Trump Tower to meet with Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.
Cohen did not attend those meetings, but reportedly spoke about the arrangement with Qatari investor Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, the Post reported. Qatar declined the offer, according to the Post.
It hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for Cohen. This latest is an uncomfortable follow-up to news that he also accepted payments into a shell company he created called Essential Consultants, LLC, in order to filter a $130,000 payoff to Trump’s former porn star mistress, Stormy Daniels, in order to buy her silence, back in October 2016.
The revelation about Cohen and the Qatari officials was first alluded to by the attorney of Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti.
Over the weekend, Avenatti tweeted out a picture from Trump Tower.
Later he commented:
"Why was Ahmed Al-Rumaihi meeting with Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn in December 2016 and why did Mr. Al-Rumaihi later brag about bribing administration officials according to a sworn declaration filed in court?" Avenatti tweeted.
I don’t know how Avenatti gets the information he gets, but he certainly seems to be on top of what’s going on with Trump and his associates.
Cohen was the subject of a federal raid on his home and office last month. He’s reportedly being investigated for potential bank fraud and campaign finance law violations, likely because of the Daniels payoff.