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AT&T CEO calls hiring of Michael Cohen a 'big mistake'

AT&T CEO calls hiring of Michael Cohen a 'big mistake'

Sanders echoed the president's promise to change politics when she was asked about the telecommunications giant paying Cohen $600,000 to consult on a potential merger between the company and Time Warner.

The Justice Department is seeking to block AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner on the grounds that it would stifle competition.

Stephenson has staked the company's future on the Time Warner acquisition. Last year, AT&T spent almost $17 million on federal lobbying, the third-highest among companies. The idea that this behavior wasn't perfectly in line with AT&T's "values" is laughable.

"I think this further proves that the president is not going to be influenced by special interests", Sanders said. "Such a disgrace in reporting!" Trump had expressed skepticism of the merger on the campaign trail.

Mueller's probe concerns Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in firing FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

AT&T noted in the fact sheet that Cohen was among "several consultants" the company hired as Trump was assuming the presidency. But AT&T said it did not meet with Avenue a second time. "We agreed to meet with them".

Novartis also said Cohen approached them and offered his consulting services.

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Federal prosecutors are investigating Mr. Cohen's business dealings, including a $130,000 payment he made to the pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, as part of a deal to buy her silence about an affair she says she had with Mr. Trump.

AT&T declined to answer when its CEO found out about the Cohen contract.

AT&T said this week it engaged with Essential Consultants past year so Cohen could provide "insights into understanding the new administration" and added the company did not lobby for the telecommunications giant. Stephenson said in his email that Quinn was retiring.

In lieu of Quinn's retirement, the memo revealed that the company's general counsel, David McAtee, would begin overseeing the company's D.C. operations.

But Quinn appeared to recognize that the Cohen deal was a mistake, according to another person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss Quinn's situation. The one-year contract at $50,000 per month, ran from January through December 2017 and was limited to consulting and advisory services. "But that's factually accurate, and it ought to carry more weight in this situation". Payments to Cohen were approved by two executives in AT&T's public affairs office in Washington. He took over the top job in Washington right before Trump's election.

An attorney for Cohen did not respond to a request for comment Friday. I don't burden them with every single thing that comes along. They also raise questions about whether Trump knew about the arrangement.


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