Russian oligarch questioned over Trump lawyer payments

MNA International Desk: A recently sanctioned Russian oligarch has been questioned by FBI agents over hundreds of thousands of dollars his company’s US affiliate paid to President Donald Trump’s long-time personal attorney, reported news agency.

CNN said Renova Group chairman Viktor Vekselberg was questioned along with his cousin Andrew Intrater, who heads the firm’s US affiliate Columbus Nova, by agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election.

The payments were made after the election but while Michael Cohen was still Trump’s personal attorney.

Vekselberg was among seven Kremlin-linked oligarchs the Trump administration slapped with sanctions in April.

The report came as Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn actress Stormy Daniels released a dossier alleging that Vekselberg and his cousin transferred “approximately $500,000” to Cohen in eight payments.