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Novartis said its general counsel, Felix Ehrat, had chose to retire from his position in the "context of discussions" surrounding the payments to Cohen.

The disclosure caps a series of contradictory statements from Trump and his representatives on the scandal swirling around lawyer Michael Cohen - which has widened to ensnare major corporations and a Russian oligarch. It was previously reported that in mid-January Cohen sought to reach out to the Kremlin, using a public facing email for Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Reporter: Mr. President, did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels or knowing anything about that payment but his new lawyer Rudy Giuliani has acknowledged the United States president had in fact reimbursed Cohen for the payoff.

Trump listed the reimbursement to Cohen in his financial disclosure report. Farrow's article is based on an interview with a law enforcement official who leaked a confidential Treasury document known as a "suspicious-activity report" filed by First Republic Bank, with whom Cohen's shell company, Essential Consulting, has an account.

Michael Cohen, who worked for Trump for about a decade, and real estate executive Felix Sater tried to facilitate a deal in Russian Federation that would allow Trump to build a property that had long alluded his global business empire.

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Cohen is under investigation, in part over a $130,000 payment to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump a decade ago. Last month, his home, office and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with records of the payment to Daniels among the materials seized.

Ex-Novartis (NOVN.S) Chief Executive Joe Jimenez regrets rushing into a $100,000-per-month (74,280 pounds) consulting contract with U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer but said post-election uncertainty over the administration's healthcare ideas put pressure on the Swiss drugmaker to sign a deal quickly. A footnote in tiny type on page 45 of the 92 page document says the president "fully reimbursed" Cohen for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000.

Further, Giuliani has claimed that the payment was not funneled through a shell company, the newly registered DE shell company, Essential Consultants, even though it very clearly was, as evidenced by copies of the wire transfer.

"Not you or anyone you know will embarrass me in front of Mr. T when he asks me what is happening", Cohen wrote to Sater in a message obtained by BuzzFeed.

Avenatti has blanketed cable news over the last few months, leading to questions about his possible interest in a television deal down the road, once his star client's case fades from the news.

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