A $150,000 payment from Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk to the Donald J. Trump Foundation has caught special counsel Robert Mueller’s attention, according to a new report.
The New York Times says that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, solicited the payment.
According to the Times: The special counsel is investigating a payment made to President Trump’s foundation by a Ukrainian steel magnate for a talk during the campaign, according to three people briefed on the matter, as part of a broader examination of streams of foreign money to Mr. Trump and his associates in the years leading up to the election.
Investigators subpoenaed the Trump Organization this year for an array of records about business with foreign nationals. In response, the company handed over documents about a $150,000 donation that the Ukrainian billionaire, Victor Pinchuk, made in September 2015 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in exchange for a 20-minute appearance by Mr. Trump that month through a video link to a conference in Kiev.
The report also says: The subpoena is among signs in recent months that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is interested in interactions that Mr. Trump or his associates had with countries beyond Russia, though it is not clear what other payments he is scrutinizing.
The report comes hours after revelations that the FBI searched and seized documents from Cohen’s office in Manhattan. The search was in regards to a separate case, as Cohen is being investigated for committing bank fraud and violating campaign finance rules, according to sources for the Washington Post.
Documents regarding Cohen’s payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels were also obtained by agents during the raid, according to the New York Times.