Even Uber Drew the Line at Hiring Michael Cohen

John Oliver Last Week Tonight

John Oliver Last Week Tonight

FBN's Liz MacDonald on the fallout from AT&T's $600,000 payment to President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said last week that it was a mistake to hire Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, as a consultant after it was revealed the company may have paid him $600,000 a year ago.

A letter from Warren and Sens.

They point out in their letter that AT&T had a "significant financial interest" in Trump administration decisions when the contract began, including its proposed merger with Time Warner, net neutrality rules, and corporate tax cuts. Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shared documents showing AT&T paid the company $200,000. The questions come after Stephenson admitted in an email to employees last week that AT&T had entered a consulting contract with Cohen to "help us understand how the President and his administration might approach a wide range of policy issues important to the company, including regulatory reform at the FCC, corporate tax reform and antitrust enforcement".


The company has been in the hot seat since news broke last week that it had made payments to the same shell company, Essential Consultants, that was reportedly used to pay off porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair she reportedly had with Trump.

"Reports about Michael Cohen's dealings with Novartis look more like a corporate shakedown than an honest business arrangement", said Wyden in a statement.

Oliver continued, summarizing the events of yet another newsworthy week in the Trump White House: "They got three American detainees out of North Korea, which was great". It hasn't commented on how much was paid to Cohen's firm. "Novartis paid Mr. Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it paid its big-shot lobbyists in Washington". The New York native managed to pull in at least $2.95 million from companies across various industries through his firm, Essential Consultants. AT&T said special counsel Robert Mueller's office did contact the company, which answered all of its questions. It also wants in-depth details of each payment, copies of contracts with any lobbyists, advisors or consultants that may relate to the Trump administration and healthcare.

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