"We have not verified the documents", Avenatti cautioned, but added that if the payments are bona fide, the timing of them could be "problematic" for Cohen and Trump.
In Tuesday's 92-page filing, Trump acknowledged that he'd reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, previous year for more than $100,000 for unspecified expenses incurred in 2016. The president denies the affair, and initially denied all knowledge of the payment, which Cohen has acknowledged was meant to stop her from going public with the allegations.
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against the president, has claimed that a Russian oligarch with links to Vladimir Putin made a payment into the same bank account Michael Cohen used to finance a $130,000 hush money agreement with Daniels in October 2016.
The messages were provided to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators by Felix Sater - a Cohen pal and former business associate of Trump's - who previously told TPM that work on the Moscow Trump deal continued through at least late 2015.
"There is substantial evidence that President Trump had knowledge of the loan when he filed his 2017 [financial disclosure form] notwithstanding his failure to report it".
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The ethics office had received a complaint, calling on it to investigate whether the payment to Mr Cohen should have been reported as a liability on President Trump's financial disclosure report for 2016. The agency reviewed the form and made it public on Wednesday.
Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said it had paid Mr Cohen almost $1.2m; U.S. telecommunications company AT&T Inc said it made payments of $600,000; and South Korea's Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd said it hired him for $150,000.
"And I also said it was reimbursed", he continued.
In April, Mr Trump said he was unaware Mr Cohen had paid Ms Daniels just before the 2016 election. He reportedly fears that investigators will use him to get to the president.
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.
Editor's note, May 17, 2:20 p.m.: In a statement, a spokesperson for Al-Rumaihi wrote, "In December 2016, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi and Michael Cohen met to discuss a potential Qatari investment in US infrastructure by Qatar Investments, which is a division of the Qatar Investment Authority ("QIA")".