Sen. Wyden wants details on Cohen-Novartis relationship

Sen. Wyden wants details on Cohen-Novartis relationship

Ryan, thanks so much for being with us. "If the money were for something else, like covering the Stormy Daniels payments, there could be campaign finance violations".

The Essential Consultants bank account receiving the corporate payments is allegedly the same one Cohen used to send $130,000 to Daniels - who has alleged that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 - to complete a non-disclosure agreement shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

Novartis acknowledged this week that it paid Cohen's shell company for health care consulting services.

Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had his office and home raided by federal agents and, this week, was revealed to have been selling his insight into Trump to corporations.

AT&T said this week it engaged with Essential Consultants past year so Cohen could provide "insights into understanding the new administration" and added the company did not lobby for the telecommunications giant. Because Cohen works for Trump, the media therefore believes the president is involved in a "pay-to-play" scheme with AT&T.

Mr. Cohen also reached out to Ford Motor Co., but the auto maker turned him down, according to people familiar with the matter.

"Following this preliminary assembly, Novartis decided that Michael Cohen and Important Consultants can be unable to supply the companies that Novartis had anticipated related to USA healthcare coverage issues and the choice was taken to not interact additional", the assertion mentioned.

But, Stephenson added, AT&T's Washington team failed to fully vet Cohen before hiring him, and for that Stephenson takes responsibility. We have never prepared any proposals for AT&T. "They didn't get the result they wanted", said Giuliani, Trump's lawyer. My name is Michael Cohen.

To that end, ethics experts said Friday that the wireless giant could be in the clear legally. This is, for better or worse, you know, as you said, how things in Washington often work.




In fact, AT&T says it's done exactly that with previous administrations too.

But that's not to say that there hasn't been any fallout from this.

WASHINGTON - CEO Randall Stephenson said Friday that AT&T made a "big mistake" by hiring President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to advise on its deal to buy Time Warner.

Quinn's abrupt departure leaves almost 100 lobbyists working to complete an embattled merger with Time Warner, as well as to preserve gains the company made elsewhere, including in weakening federal oversight of its internet business.

Cohen reportedly received $600,000 from AT&T, $1.2 million from Swiss drugmaker Novartis, $150,000 from South Korean aviation firm Korea Aerospace Industries and $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm linked to a Russian oligarch.

The company said it was contacted by investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller and provided "all information requested in November and December of 2017".

Novartis officials said Cohen approached them, as well. He's been sanctioned by the US government.

The new information about Cohen's business ventures comes just weeks after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided his home, office and hotel room, seizing financial records and his electronic devices.

As one expert told Business Insider that if the payments were simply to gain access to the president, they "may well be legal", pointing to the Supreme Court's ruling on the corruption case involving former Republican Gov.

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