Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) is demanding documents about the $1.2 million that pharmaceutical company Novartis paid to Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, at the same time that the company was negotiating with federal officials over an expensive cancer therapy it developed. 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.
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As a lawyer for 34 years, and a former assistant ethics counsel for the American Bar Association, I am concerned that recent statements by Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's new lawyer, misinform the public about a lawyer's duty and malign the vast majority of lawyers who practice conscientiously.
AT&T also confirmed Friday afternoon that a separate consulting firm run by former Trump campaign staffers approached AT&T and offered its services.
"Trump has a right to know that AT&T is paying Cohen", said Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis.
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Cohen is also under investigation by prosecutors in NY for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations.
Wyden said that of the lobbying firms the Swiss drugmaker paid during the first 15 months of the Trump administration, no single firm was paid more than $300,000, while Cohen's firm was paid that amount each quarter for one year.
Giuliani later said Trump was not aware of the specifics of the payment, and that his reimbursement to Cohen had been in the form of monthly payments made as a retainer, and that the money covered any expenses Cohen incurred on Trump's behalf.
"Following this initial meeting, Novartis determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to U.S. healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further", the statement said.
And if anything, AT&T now regrets its decision to ever contract Cohen.
Murray's letter calls the company's contract with Cohen an attempt to develop "unvetted and unproductive relationships to try to sway government officials in its favor".
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For AT&T, the disclosure of its ties to Cohen comes at a critical moment.
"I'm crushing it", Cohen said, according to one associate who spoke to The Washington Post.
Stephenson said the vetting process in Quinn's office "clearly failed" and vowed AT&T would "do better".
Rudy Giuliani, who was hired by the White House to help defend the special counsel's probe against President Donald Trump, is yet again backtracking on comments unrelated to the Russian Federation investigation that go against previous White House statements. There has been no communication with Mueller's office since then, the company said.
Almost a year and a half since Trump took office, "the swamp" hasn't changed much - in fact, Trump appears to be making Washington even swampier. He promised to provide advice on who the "key players" would be in Trump's administration and "their priorities, and how they think", AT&T said in a fact sheet released Friday.
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