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

12 May, 2018, 23:00 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Michael Cohen in New York

"Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.and our reputation has been damaged", the memo said.

Hours before her briefing, AT&T's CEO said his company's financial arrangement with Cohen, all $600K of it, had been a big mistake.

Giuliani made the slur about Stormy Daniels' lawyer during an interview with Business Insider, responding to Avenatti's request this week to have an on-air discussion about his client's defamation suit against President Donald Trump. Norvartis' current chief executive, Vasant Narasimhan, also distanced himself from Cohen, saying this week that he had no role in the decision to hire Cohen.

"Why doesn't the Fake News Media state that 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".

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

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

Novartis said it discovered soon after signing the contract that Cohen could not provide the services he had promised and allowed the contract to expire. There has been no communication with Mueller's office since then, the company said.

Essential Consultants was the same company Cohen used in October 2016 to route money to Daniels in exchange for her agreement not to disclose an alleged affair with Trump.

"We believe, and our investigation has found, the merger would harm competition, resulting in higher bills and less innovation for millions of American consumers", a Department of Justice official told reporters at the time. AT&T said it would not disclose the names of the other people and firms hired. But like the rest of the nation's capital, it was caught on the outside looking in by Donald Trump's election triumph. But Cohen's hiring has proven to be an embarrassment for AT&T. The group will now report directly to the firm's top in-house lawyer.

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The company also said in the fact sheet that it had been contacted late a year ago about Cohen by the office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and other matters, and had "cooperated fully" with the inquiries. But AT&T said it did not meet with Avenue a second time.

A Novartis spokesperson confirmed to CNN on Friday afternoon that they received the letter and plan to cooperate.

On Friday, Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, opened an inquiry into the arrangement between Cohen and Novartis, alleging that at the time of the deal the company was negotiating with Medicare on the price of a costly cancer drug.

"I think this further proves that the president is not going to be influenced by special interests", Sanders said.

"Cohen's corporate clients had business pending before the Trump administration", he said. Months earlier, Trump had come out strongly against the proposed merger with Time Warner, which owns CNN - a network he often berates as "fake news".

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

The judge in the case is expected to issue a ruling by or on June 12.

The Associated Press contributed to this record.

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