Trump laywer Michael Cohen, healthcare policy expert?

Oscar PerryMay 13, 2018

Cohen was hired by AT&T to consult on the merger and other issues shortly after the inauguration, and was paid a total of $600,000 for his work, the company said, adding that his business was among a number of firms hired to gain insight into the new administration.

Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, admitted to Fox News' Sean Hannity (who is also a client of Michael Cohen) that the president repaid the $130,000 to Cohen, which directly contradicted statements from both Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Asked if the president was aware that Cohen was trying to sell influence and knowledge of the president, Giuliani said, "The answer is that I am quite certain he didn't". CEO Vas Narasimhan said in a letter to employees on Thursday that the company "made a mistake" in retaining Cohen.

The payment was the first known activity involving Essentials Consulting, a shell company incorporated in DE by Cohen.

Sanders also got asked again about that recent Trump tweet in which he said "91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)" and suggested taking away credentials.

Giuliani told that the Associated Press that it failed to look Cohen took some actions to progress the interests of all the businesses which paid him failed to speak to this president on their behalf. In his first role at AT&T, as a vice president in the federal regulatory affairs group, he represented AT&T before not only the FCC but the U.S. Justice Department.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has since requested information from Ford about the outreach, including emails and records, and has interviewed Ford's head of government affairs, Ziad Ojakli, the people said.

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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.

The documents detail the full scope of Cohen's $600,000 deal with AT&T and how his contract specified that he would provide advice on the $85 billion merger, which required the approval of federal antitrust regulators.

However, Giuliani said he believes Cohen does not deserve the criticism he is taking from some in the media and in political circles.

"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 United States healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further", the statement said.

AT&T said Mr. Cohen didn't arrange any meetings for the company with the president and that the contract ended after December 2017. Trump repeatedly has bashed CNN, a unit of Time Warner. "Quinn stepping down is not going to cripple AT&T", said Feld.

Novartis said this week that it had provided information about its dealings with Cohen to the special counsel.

Giuliani is likewise a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, which is the office now exploring Cohen's business dealings. He is expected to rule by June 12.

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