It is well-known that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. In addition, a big source of interest for Mueller now has been Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, whose home, office, and hotel were raided by the FBI back in April.
On Friday, it was revealed that Cohen made an overture to provide consulting services to Ford Motor Company in January 2017, but the company declined his services. It is unclear at this point whether Mueller sought information from Cohen regarding this overture and according to The Wall Street Journal, Cohen did not respond to a request for comment.
However, Ford’s head of government affairs, Ziad Ojakli, has been interviewed by Mueller’s team about his interactions with Cohen. Investigators have also requested records and emails from the company.
According to The Journal:
‘Last year, Mr. Mueller’s office sought information from the pharmaceutical company Novartis AG and the telecommunications firm AT& T Inc. dealing with payments they made to Essential Consultants in exchange for Mr. Cohen’s advice.’
‘Mr. Cohen’s consulting work has drawn scrutiny from federal prosecutors.
‘He set up a company, Essential Consultants LLC, that he used to make a payment to the former adult-movie actress Stephanie Clifford—known as Stormy Daniels—in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump.’
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan has been investigating whether Mr. Cohen committed bank fraud and other crimes in conjunction with his company.
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