President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, offered Qatari government officials access to the president in exchange for at least $1 million, according to an bombshell report by The Washington Post.
The Post reported that Cohen solicited the arrangement around the time Qatari officials visited Trump Tower in mid-December 2016 to meet with former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon also attended the meeting.
Qatar declined the offer, according to the Post.
The Post reports:
Cohen did not participate in the official meetings but spoke separately to a member of the Qatari delegation, Ahmed al-Rumaihi, who at the time was head of the investments division of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority.
Details emerged last week on how Cohen leveraged his relationship with Trump to receive millions of dollars from companies eager for insight and entree into the new president’s inner circle. They included AT&T, the global pharmaceutical giant Novartis, a Korean defense contractor and Columbus Nova, a New York-based investment firm with ties to a Russian oligarch. All have confirmed payments to Cohen.
Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti first made al-Rumaihi’s connection to Cohen public in a tweet last weekend.
“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 at the time.
Warning ignored. So here it goes.
December 12, 2016 – Trump Tower. Details to follow… pic.twitter.com/aEuuhRHB4a
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 13, 2018
Al-Rumaihi confirmed through a spokesperson on Tuesday that he attended meetings at Trump Tower in 2016.