Based AT&T calls hiring of Michael Cohen a "big mistake"

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

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

AT&T Inc on Friday ousted its top lobbyist, and the No. 2 wireless carrier's chief executive officer said in a memo it was "big mistake" to hire Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, for advice on working with the Trump administration.

Earlier this month, the former NY mayor sent shockwaves through Washington when he said on national television that Trump had "reimbursed" his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment Cohen made in October 2016 to the porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges to have had an affair with Trump in the mid-2000s.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti wants to go head-to-head with President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani. "What did the president believe he was giving to the companies in exchange for the payments?"

Meanwhile, Novartis chief executive Vasant Narasimhan sent an email to employees Thursday calling the company's $1.2 million contract with Cohen a "mistake" and acknowledging that the revelation "was not a good day for Novartis".

Avenatti has declined to reveal his sources for the information he released, several companies have now publicly confirmed their consulting deals with Cohen.

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. But Cohen's hiring has proven to be an embarrassment for AT&T.

"Reports about Michael Cohen's dealings with Novartis look more like a corporate shakedown than an honest business arrangement", Wyden said. Ron Wyden of OR, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, who sent a separate letter Friday to Cohen regarding the payments from Novartis to his shell company Essential Consultants.

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.

Cohen appears to have been selling himself based on access he said he could provide to Trump. The president denied the merger.

"The conversation focused on how AT&T can work with the Trump administration to increase investment in the US, stimulate job creation in America, and make American companies more competitive globally", the company said.

On Friday, AT&T said Cohen "approached" Quinn's office "during the post-election transition" period and said he would leave the Trump Organization to do consulting work for companies that wanted insight. Trump has been vocal in his disdain for CNN's coverage of his administration.

It was about that time that the company heard from Cohen, 51, described alternately as Trump's "personal lawyer" or his "fixer".

But Judge Richard J. Leon of U.S. District Court in Washington has been strict about keeping politics out of the case, which focuses on antitrust law and whether the deal would violate competition policy and harm consumers. He is expected to rule by June 12. Giuliani said he believes Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign can conclude without interviewing Mr. Trump.

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