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AT&T Chief Calls Hiring Michael Cohen as Consultant a 'Big Mistake'

AT&T Chief Calls Hiring Michael Cohen as Consultant a 'Big Mistake' Hiring Michael Cohen 'Was A Big Mistake'
Andy Castillo | 13 May, 2018, 00:54

Now that Michael Cohen's pay-to-play scheme has been revealed, the companies that took Trump's personal lawyer up on his offer of access to the president of the United States in exchange for large (huge!) payments are racing to do damage control. The president has denied Daniels' claims.

Quinn, a lawyer who joined the company in 1993 and obtained on its Washington office at October 20-16, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The payment was the first known activity involving Essentials Consulting, a shell company incorporated in DE by Cohen. There are a lot of unanswered questions as the scandal continues to unfold, but in this segment from Thursday night's "Daily Show", Trevor Noah takes on the most basic question: How did various corporations get sucked into playing ball with Cohen in the first place?

Giuliani said Friday that Trump was "surprised" to learn that Cohen brokered deals with companies looking to gain his knowledge about the president.

In its post-trial brief filed on May 3, AT&T-Time Warner's attorneys said that they have not abandoned their "selective enforcement defense", or the idea that they were unfairly targeted.

AT&T and the pharmaceutical company Novartis, another Cohen client, said this week that they provided information about their dealings with Trump's lawyer to special counsel Robert Mueller III a year ago.

In November the Department of Justice sued to block the merger between the telecom and media giants. "There's a lot of men and women in Washington who are paid to their own advice".

Cohen's payments from companies while acting as a personal lawyer to the President may raise legal issues besides whether the consulting work constituted lobbying.

Pompeo: US will help North Korea's economy if it forfeits nukes
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However, Giuliani said he believes Cohen does not deserve the criticism he is taking from some in the media and in political circles. Novartis officials soon determined Mr. Cohen would not be able to deliver on his promises, though they were unable to end the contract.

AT&T's vast lobbying team, which includes more than 100 people, and public policy staff will now report to the company's general counsel, David McAtee.

He was correct. past year his administration sued to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Novartis said it had cooperated fully and considers its role in the matter closed.

In a fact sheet sent to employees Friday along with Stephenson's letter, the company said that Cohen approached AT&T during the transition period following President Trump's election "and said he was going to leave the Trump Organization and do consulting for a select few companies that wanted his opinion on the new President and his administration - the key players, their priorities, and how they think". The Department of Justice's opposition to the detail raised eyebrows because, while its position may be defensible on antitrust grounds, it doesn't fit with the rest of the Trump administration's laissez-faire ideology.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, wrote in a court filing earlier this week that Avenatti has "no lawful basis to possess" the records and asked a judge to require Avenatti to explain how he came to possess and release them.

Giuliani is likewise a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, which is the office now exploring Cohen's business dealings.

The Associated Press contributed to this record.

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