On AT&T-Time Warner merger, Giuliani again contradicts White Hou

Irene MckinneyMay 13, 2018

"No one seems to understand why the RNC, America Rising and other GOP groups aren't doing even basic political blocking and tackling with Avenatti", said a GOP operative to The Daily Beast. Did they know that Michael Cohen was lobbying?

Now, Giuliani has suggested Trump in fact was central to that decision. That gift gave Intrater the right to attend special inauguration events with a guest.

"What did Michael Cohen sell to Patton Boggs as it related to the idea that they were going to allow Michael Cohen come to the law firm?"

AT&T noted in the fact sheet that Cohen was among "several consultants" the company hired as Trump was assuming the presidency.

But this morning, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told CNN that Giuliani got Trump's role in the decision wrong, saying "the Department of Justice denied the deal". Novartis' CEO also said that its relationship with Cohen was a mistake, and also acknowledged that the company has come under criticism for its relationship with him as well.

Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, declined to comment.

The president tweeted as much Friday night, saying "the Trump Administration's Anti-Trust Division has been, and is, opposed to the AT&T purchase of Time Warner in a now ongoing Trial".

SIMON: What did we learn about payments from the memo released by Stormy Daniels' attorney this week? According to Avenatti's report, Essential Consultants was used to funnel the $130,000 hush-money payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

"He knew nothing about it", Giuliani said, adding that he had yet to ask Trump about some of the other corporations that paid Cohen, including telecom giant AT&T.

At the time that AT&T engaged Cohen, it wasn't aware of "the current controversy surrounding Cohen", AT&T said.

The internal AT&T documents show that Cohen was supposed to spend half of his time on "legislative policy development" and the other half on "regulatory policy development".

AT&T Inc on Friday ousted its top lobbyist, and the No. 2 wireless carrier's chief executive officer said in a memo it was a "big mistake" to hire Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's personal attorney, for advice on working with the Trump administration.

In a reality sheet despatched to staff Friday together with Stephenson's letter, the corporate mentioned that Cohen approached AT&T throughout the transition interval following Trump's election "and mentioned he was going to go away the Trump Group and do consulting for a choose few firms that wished his opinion on the brand new President and his administration - the important thing gamers, their priorities, and the way they suppose". But Columbus Nova says the oligarch had nothing to do with the hiring or paying of Cohen. "He couldn't bring in the volume of introductions", one of the sources recalled.

Wyden, a Democrat from OR, noted in a letter to Narasimhan that at the time Novartis was paying Cohen, it was seeking approval and negotiating a payment deal with the US government for a cancer drug called Kymriah that has a list price of $475,000.

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