Cohen's released account ledger, which shows no payment from Mr. Al-Rumaihi or any company or fund associated with him, confirms this. He reportedly fears that investigators will use him to get to the president.
Banks are required to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) whenever transactions that may violate federal law are detected, or if certain activities may be linked to money laundering.
Even still, Cohen contacted high ranking Russian-contact Dmitry Peskov asking for "assistance" in closing the Trump Tower deal.
This is not the first time questions have been raised about the relationship between Cohen and Davidson. Ron Wyden of OR, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. He also asked that "policies and procedures related to access to and management of the database" be reviewed.
Avenatti is the lawyer who is suing President Trump on behalf of porn star Stormy Daniels, who, in the walk-up to the election signed an NDA to not talk about her alleged affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
The form also shows the President's golf courses missed par past year earning $67 million less than before he took office.
Knowingly and willfully falsifying or omitting required information on the financial disclosure form can result in up to a year in prison. Avenatti refused to discuss the timing of the payments specifically, but said "they may prove to be problematic" for Trump.
Qatar turned down Cohen's offer, made weeks before Trump's inauguration, the Post reported late on Wednesday, citing several people with knowledge of the situation. "I find that laughable".
The government whistleblower reported that two of the SARs regarding Cohen had vanished from a Treasury Department database, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN), where such reports are listed. One former senior FinCEN official said it could have been a matter of timing.
For the anonymous official, the absence of the two other SARs suggested foul play.
At least, that's what Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director David Apol believes. The investigation could take longer if the leaker used someone else's credentials to log in to the database.
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis Wednesday announced the retirement of its top legal expert over the $1.2 million in payments to Cohen, while AT&T has said it made a "big mistake" by paying the lawyer some $600,000.
The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.
As it turns out, however, Sater and Cohen were still communicating with one another about the project via a heavily encrypted mobile application called Dust that automatically deletes messages after they're read.
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