Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Hiring Michael Cohen 'Was A Big Mistake'

Hiring Michael Cohen 'Was A Big Mistake'

Randall Stephenson, the chief executive officer of AT&T, wrote in a company-wide letter to staff on Friday that the telecom giant made "a serious misjudgment" in its decision to hire President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen as a consultant a year ago.

In another seeming flareup of his chronic foot-in-mouth disease, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday told the Huffington Post that the president "denied the merger" sought by AT&T and Time-Warner.

In the wake of Trump's election, corporate clients paid Cohen at least $2.95 million through a company called Essential Consultants, according to figures confirmed by the companies. She argues this was "actually the definition of draining the swamp".

Quinn's abrupt departure leaves almost 100 lobbyists working to complete an embattled merger with Time Warner, as well as to preserve gains the company made elsewhere, including in weakening federal oversight of its internet business.

But he went further with HuffPost on Friday, saying "he did drain the swamp..."

Giuliani told that the Associated Press that it failed to look Cohen took some actions to progress the interests of all the businesses which paid him failed to speak to this president on their behalf. "They didn't get the result they wanted".

Fox News anchor and former top strategist for the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, Steve Hilton, demanded an apology from Donald Trump fixer Michael Cohen on Saturday.

Novartis hired Cohen's consulting firm in 2017 to provide insight on Trump's health-care plans.

The FBI raided Cohen's office last month and federal prosecutors in NY are investigating him.

Mueller was appointed to continue an investigation into Russian intelligence agencies' work to help Trump win the 2016 election after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who had been leading the probe.

Cecilia Kang is a New York Times writer.

In that episode Trump said Giuliani would "get his facts straight".

The president was considering sidelining him from television interviews, the report said. For example, it may be possible evidence that Trump knew what Cohen was doing and was involved, he said. They have been trying to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed promising not to discuss an affair she said she had with Trump a decade ago in return for $130,000.

"We're not going to interfere with that here", she said.

Essential Consultants was the same company Cohen used in October 2016 to route money to Daniels in exchange for her agreement not to disclose an alleged affair with Trump. The companies all acknowledged the payments.

On Jan. 12, 2017, Cohen and AT&T's chief executive, Randall Stephenson, were both seen visiting Trump Tower in NY, days before the contract with Essential Consultants was signed. "They're buying his advice".

"There is a whole lot of influence peddling that Michael Cohen could do without falling into the scope of federal lobby legislation", said Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at the good government group.

"Companies paying people who have a grasp on the president's thinking is nothing new", Weinstein said. CEO Vas Narasimhan said in a letter to employees on Thursday that the company "made a mistake" in retaining Cohen.

"The man is under severe emotional pressure", Giuliani explained.

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