According to The Washington Post, the Russia-linked American firm that paid President Donald Trump’s personal attorney $500,000 through his shell company is also listed as the registrant of several alt-right websites.
Columbus Nova, which purports to have hired attorney Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants for legitimate consulting work, created the websites – aimed at white nationalists and other alt-right members – during the 2016 presidential election.
The Post notes that none of the websites are currently active, and it’s unclear if any were ever launched or hosted.
These sites include Alt-right.co, Alternate-right.com, Alternate-rt.com, Alt-rite.com, and other similar combinations, which were all registered in the two days following a speech given by then candidate Hillary Clinton in August 2016 in which she excoriated the far-right movement known for its extremist, racist, anti-Semitic and sexist viewpoints. The sites are not currently operational.
Columbus Nova, a company whose U.S. chief executive, Andrew Intrater, and Russian investment partner Viktor Vekselberg have both reportedly been interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team, is listed as the registrant behind a handful of domains for websites named after the alt-right that were created during the 2016 election.
Both the firm and Intrater’s brother, Frederick, are named on the websites’ registrations.
Frederick is a design manager at Columbus Nova.
A spokesman for the company told The Washington Post that Frederick Intrater was not acting on behalf of Columbus Nova when he registered the sites, even though he had used his company email address and listed the organization. The spokesman said that Columbus Nova was not aware that the sites had been registered before Wednesday.
Columbus Nova is at the center of recent revelations regarding Cohen’s consulting firm, which also included payments from AT&T, Novartis, and Korea Aerospace.