Qatar ‘turned down’ of­fer

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

Michael Cohen so­licited a pay­ment of at least US$1 mil­lion ($1.45m) from the Gov­ern­ment of Qatar in late 2016, in ex­change for ac­cess to and ad­vice about the then­in­com­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to sev­eral peo­ple with knowl­edge of the episode.

The of­fer, which Qatar de­clined, came on the mar­gins of a De­cem­ber 12 meet­ing that year at Trump Tower.

Cohen did not par­tic­i­pate in the of­fi­cial meet­ings but spoke separately to a mem­ber of the Qatari del­e­ga­tion, Ahmed alRu­maihi, who at the time was head of the in­vest­ments di­vi­sion of the coun­try’s sov­er­eign wealth fund, the Qatar In­vest­ment Author­ity.

De­tails emerged last week on how Cohen lever­aged his re­la­tion­ship with Trump to re­ceive mil­lions of dol­lars from com­pa­nies ea­ger for in­sight and en­tree into the new Pres­i­dent’s in­ner cir­cle.

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