Even Uber Drew the Line at Hiring Michael Cohen

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John Oliver returned to "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday to tear into Michael Cohen, the personal attorney to President Donald Trump.

Although AT&T's statements were meant to distance itself from Mr. Cohen and the arrangement on Friday, they also provided insight into how companies like AT&T operate in Washington during the Trump era. A federal judge ruled last month that a "special master" could review the materials seized before federal prosecutors got them in order to determine if any business documents or records were covered by attorney-client privilege.

An AT&T spokesman said, "We are aware of the letter and will respond".

Even though Cohen couldn't persuade Uber, he was successful in getting both pharmaceutical company Novartis and telecom giant AT&T to give him money in exchange for access to the president - and both companies have since acknowledged that paying Cohen anything was a massive mistake.

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Mr. Trump pledged during his campaign to shake up the Washington establishment - to "drain the swamp" - while railing against "the special interests, the lobbyists and the corrupt corporate media that have rigged the system against everyday Americans".

In the end, AT&T says Cohen "did no legal or lobbying work" for the company, though they did pay his limited liability corporation Essential Consultants at least $200,000, and perhaps as much as $600,000.

"Millions of dollars for access to Trump", Oliver said, "which is just freaky because I naturally assumed you gained access to the president by finding a golden ticket in your Maga hat".

The senators want to know the names of other consultants hired, whether requests were made for contacts between Cohen and Trump, and whether any of the payments ever were received by Trump. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden and Richard Blumenthal noted that those payments were made, in spite of the fact that Cohen lacks experience and knowledge about tax reform, antitrust issues, and FCC policy. "I have the best relationship with the president on the outside, and you need to hire me", Mr. Cohen told them, according to this person. "Congratulations, you just got a f*****g masterclass".

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