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Avenatti's Next Move Is to Post Screengrabs of Cohen with Qatari Investor Accused of Bribing Politicians
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14 May 2018 12:28 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Screengrab from Trump Tower video (Image Source: Michael Avenatti's tweet)


Michael Avenatti is not letting up. He is just continuing to dump on Michael Cohen and leave questions out there regarding Donald Trump and his intentions. His latest is to post screengrabs of the embattled attorney with Ahmed al-Rumaihi, a Qatari investor who has been accused of bribing politicians in Washington.

Avenatti is representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit to be freed from a non-disclosure agreement regarding her alleged affair with Trump. Since the president's personal lawyer has been known to be under investigation by the FBI, Avenatti has continued to throw him under the bus.

al-Rumaihi heads up Qatar Investments. The screengrabs of him were taken from a video that was posted to C-Span from the "Trump Tower Cam" on December 12, 2016. He's seen getting into an elevator with other men, including Cohen, who is seen patting one of the men on the back.

In a Sunday afternoon tweet, Avenatti asked, "Why was Ahmed al-Rumahi 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 in court?"

This comes a month after rapper Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, his business partner, filed a lawsuit against the Qatari investor, charging libel and contractual interference after the two partners say he didn't pay the funds he'd promised for their BIG3 basketball league. An affidavit states that he plotted to use the investment to influence Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist.

"After making partial payment to the BIG3," stated Kwatinetz in the affidavit, 'there were numerous occasions during the 2017 season where Mr. al-Ruhmaihi would bring up Mr. Bannon's name to me and comment about Mr. Bannon's political positions, his views on the blockade, the Trump administration's position toward Qatar, and he persistently inquired about wanting to meet with Mr. Bannon."

"Mr. al-Rumaihi requested I set up a meeting between him, the Qatari government, and Steve Bannon, and to tell Steve Bannon that Qatar would underwrite all of his political efforts in return for his support," continues the affidavit.

Kwatinetz is a friend of Bannon's but says he refused the offer, as he considered it to be a bribe. He reports that he didn't tell Bannon about the conversation. "al-Rumaihi laughed and [said] that I shouldn't be naive, that so many Washington politicians take our money."

Avenatti tweeted another photo that appears to be a screengrab from a different video from the Trump Tower lobby. Cohen is seen speaking with Flynn.

This is all payback, according to Avenatti. In the initial post that includes the photos, he captioned it "Warning ignored. So here it goes. December 12, 2016 - Trump Tower. Details to follow ..."

A few hours later he posted again, writing, "And to be clear - by 'warning ignored' I am referring to the refusal of various parties to come clean and the failure of various parties and news outlets to stop with the personal attacks on our side. Keep pushing us. #consequences #basta"

Flynn was fired by Trump from his job as national security adviser after lying about his contacts Sergey Kislyak, who at the time was a Russian ambassador. 

Clearly, these pictures make it seem as if Flynn was having other contacts ahead of Trump's inauguration than just with the Russians. The lawsuit makes it sound as if al-Rumaihi's was looking for an inside track, and the pictures make it look like he may have found it with Cohen and Flynn.

This fits along very nice with Cohen's other business deals that have been outed of taking very large payments from big corporations for promises of an inside track to Trump.

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