AT&T says hiring Trump attorney Michael Cohen was a 'serious misjudgment'

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the White House South Lawn after a trip to Cleveland Ohio

The Washington Post reported that the internal documents it saw specified that Cohen would provide the company advice on its merger with Time Warner.

Trump had voiced opposition to the merger during the campaign and his administration ultimately sided against AT&T.

Makan Delrahim, the chief of the Justice Department's antitrust division, for his part has argued the government's position is the deal would "mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to enjoy".

The chief lobbyist for AT&T is leaving the company after overseeing a $50,000-per-month contract for President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen to serve as a political consultant. Cohen and others have been employed to help browse "a wide variety of problems", including its projected £ 85 billion merger with Time Warner, CEO Randall Stephenson explained in a memo found from Reuters.

The payment was the first known activity involving Essentials Consulting, a shell company incorporated in DE by Cohen.

Novartis paid Cohen $1.2 million over 12 months after Cohen pitched his companies to the corporate early in 2017, in keeping with spokesman Eric Althoff.

AT&T certainly not questioned Cohen to set up meetings together with all anyone at the Trump administration, and he did not offer to accomplish this, it also said.

Cohen is also under investigation by prosecutors in NY for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

The outcome - failing to influence the White House's stance on the proposed $85B acquisition of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) - makes it a "dog bites man" story for analyst Paul Gallant.

"Our contract with Cohen was expressly limited to providing consulting and advisory services, and it did not permit him to lobby on our behalf without first notifying us (which never occurred)", it added. Quinn did not react to a petition comment. There has been no communication with Mueller's office since then, the company said.

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

"Novartis paid Mr. Cohen tons of of 1000's greater than it paid its big-shot lobbyists in Washington". Avenatti would not say the way he obtained this info. "Quinn stepping down is not going to cripple AT&T", said Feld. For example, it may be possible evidence that Trump knew what Cohen was doing and was involved, he said.

President Trump expressed opposition to this merger with Time Warner during the effort along with also his government fundamentally chose to fight it, with the Justice office filing lawsuit in November to block the deal.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, said Wednesday that the president was unaware of Cohen's consulting agreements.

AT&T paid Essential Consultants, a firm set up from Cohen, a complete of $600,000 More than 2017 for its guidance. Trump repeatedly has bashed CNN, a unit of Time Warner.

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.

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

The Justice Department and AT&T had no immediate comment Friday night.

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