Mueller Had Already Been Looking into Payments to Cohen's Shell Company
Chris Geidner, Buzzfeed: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been looking into payments to Trump Attorney Michael Cohen's Shell Company "Essential Consultants" since last Fall."
CNN: "Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators have questioned a Russian oligarch about hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments his company's US affiliate made to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the election, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of asset manager Renova Group, is an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, and last month the Trump administration placed him on a list of sanctioned Russians for activities including election interference. The purpose of the payments, which predate the sanctions, and the nature of the business relationship between Vekselberg and Cohen is unclear."