Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Cowen: AT&T/Cohen deal shouldn't influence Time Warner trial

Cowen: AT&T/Cohen deal shouldn't influence Time Warner trial

But he, and the rest of the company, was surprised by the election results and had few connections to Trump's circles. That ranks it among the top spenders inside the Beltway, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Donald Trump's genius has always been his ability to capitalize, literally, on his fame-to use his celebrity as a vehicle to enrich himself, even when he didn't have the accomplishments or knowledge or business prowess (or the cash) to back up what he claimed.

Novartis said Cohen was hired to advise the company as to how the Trump Administration may approach healthcare policy. The leader of that office, Senior Executive Vice President Bob Quinn, is retiring, Stephenson said.

To be clear, everything we did was done according to the law and entirely legitimate.

"Companies paying people who have a grasp on the president's thinking is nothing new", Weinstein said. Cicconi worked in Ronald Reagan's White House and had supported every Republican candidate for president since 1976.


"Avenue Strategies called us to set up a meeting to pitch us on their services in early 2017", an AT&T spokesperson said in a statement.

Quinn took charge of AT&T's legislative affairs operation in Washington less than two years ago.

Sanders was asked Friday about Michael Cohen's payments from blue chip companies, including AT&T, which sought advice on its proposed purchase of Time Warner.

The New York Times first reported that Cohen offered advice on how AT&T should approach the administration about the Time Warner merger.

Cohen was the longtime attorney for Trump and the Trump Organization. But AT&T had Cohen under contract for virtually all of 2017 for $50,000 a month. While everything the company did was legal, Stephenson said that the association with Cohen was "a serious misjudgment". Novartis said it had cooperated fully and considers its role in the matter closed.


"Companies often hire consultants for these purposes, especially at the beginning of a new presidential administration, and we have done so in previous administrations, as well", the company said in the email.

Essential Consultants paid US$130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, as part of an agreement that barred her from discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

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

Reports that President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen brought in millions of dollars peddled his influence to various companies proves Trump has drained the swamp, White House press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Friday's briefing.

Shares in AT&T briefly fell on Wednesday to their lowest point since August 2015.


When AT&T swung its deal with Cohen, the merger was very much an issue in Washington. He doesn't think the company will lose a step. They described his work as advising the company, not contacting federal officials. The coffee chain said it wants all customers coming in "to feel welcome" and it's conducting a three-month review of its guidelines. He said that the suddenness of Quinn's departure might require a short period of adjustment, but that wouldn't have a lasting impact.

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