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AT&T chief says hiring Michael Cohen was a 'big mistake'

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Ivan Hill | 12 May, 2018, 08:13

WASHINGTON - CEO Randall Stephenson said Friday that AT&T made a "big mistake" by hiring President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to advise on its deal to buy Time Warner.

AT&T's $600,000 deal with U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, specified that Cohen would advise the company on its $85 billion merger with Time Warner, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing company documents.

Napolitano said the government may argue that Cohen "promised access" to Trump in exchange for millions of dollars, including from foreign entities. "He did drain the swamp". The president has denied Daniels' claims. "They didn't get the result they wanted".

A report released by an attorney for former porn star Stormy Daniels details four payments totaling $200,000 that AT&T made to a company controlled by Cohen.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY have been pursuing a criminal investigation of Cohen for months, one they say focuses on his business dealings.

Avenatti mocked Giuliani in a tweet, telling the former New York City mayor "I'm not the only "pimp" you have experience with" while linking to a comedy sketch Trump and Giuliani performed in 2000 in which Giuliani wore drag.

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Both AT&T and Novartis said that special counsel Robert Mueller's office contacted them past year. Trump later told NBC News and top Russian diplomats visiting the Oval Office that firing Comey was related to the Russia investigation. Meanwhile, a wire transfer from a Kenyan bank from one Netanel Cohen went to Netanel's brother Michael Cohen of Israel, Cohen's attorneys say. They're using a mechanism that lets Congress override agency actions, and say they have 50 votes, including one from a Republican. "But the fact is our past association with Cohen was a serious misjudgement".

His lawyer, Stephen Ryan, filed a 24-page motion with U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood seeking that Avenatti not be allowed to appear in court in NY for spreading the information, and for apparently obtaining Michael Cohen's bank records. 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.

"You're starting to feel, as somebody who is in the media and watching the media, a guy who is a losing a little sight of where he is, of the position he's in, and you nearly get the feeling he's already auditioning for.his next TV spot", Deutsch said. Columbus Nova - a company which reportedly has ties to a Russian oligarch who was previously been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team - gave $500,000 to Cohen's shell company between January and August 2017.

Drugmaker Novartis (NOVN.S) said on Wednesday it had a $1.2 million contract with Cohen's firm, but soon realized the agreement was a mistake. "It can turn out to be good or bad", he said.

The company said it hired "several consultants to help us understand how the president and his administration might approach a wide range of policy issues important to the company, including regulatory reform at the (Federal Communications Commission), corporate tax reform and antitrust enforcement". He has not been charged in the investigation. "The guy is under severe emotional pressure".

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