AP Source: Trump lawyer met Russian oligarch at Trump Tower

May 25, 2018 - 12:36 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, met with a Russian oligarch and discussed U.S.-Russia relations just 11 days before Trump was inaugurated as president.

That's according to a person familiar with the meeting held at Trump Tower in New York who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly.

This person said the oligarch, billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, met with Cohen for about 20 minutes in Cohen's office. The two men were joined by Andrew Intrater, Vekselberg's American cousin, who heads a New York private equity firm that manages his financial assets.

Soon after the inauguration, Intrater's firm, Columbus Nova, paid Cohen $500,000 for consulting work. Vekselberg was targeted in April with U.S. Treasury Department sanctions, citing his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.