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Based AT&T calls hiring of Michael Cohen a "big mistake"

Based AT&T calls hiring of Michael Cohen a

He's been sanctioned by the US government.

"Our reputation has been damaged", Mr. Stephenson wrote in a memo to staff.

"There is no other way to say it - AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake", Stephenson's memo to employees said.

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

"Cohen was reported this week to have touted himself to a number of giant global corporations as someone who could give them an inside track with the new Trump administration", he noted. "Whatever lobbying was done didn't reach the president", Giuliani also said. That would have put his consulting fee at $1.8 million for the year.

Time Warner was not aware of AT&T's contract with Cohen, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking.

Let's ignore for a moment the truly staggering hypocrisy of AT&T's swampy CEO, Randall Stephenson, who tried to deflect blame for the scandal by throwing his chief Washington lobbyist, Bob Quinn, under the bus.

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Novartis was among several companies revealed this week to have had financial connections to Cohen. "They were asking him to help them get a feel on the administration and where the administration is going", said Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight.

"Shortly after the election, Michael Cohen forms a relationship with a very well-known law firm in Washington, D.C., by the name of Patton Boggs". She has alsoagainst Trump after he questioned a composite sketch she released of a man she says about the encounter with Trump. The payments were made to a limited liability company Cohen set up called Essential Consultants.

Giuliani told the Associated Press that it did not appear Cohen took any steps to advance the interests of the companies that paid him and did not speak to the president on their behalf. Despite paying Cohen $1.2 million, Novartis said in a statement this week that after a single meeting with him, it "determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to U.S. healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further".

I have been consistently critical of the anti-Trump establishment's obsession with Russia, Stormy Daniels, and all the nonsense that is peddled nonstop to detract from President Trump's growing tally of substantive achievements at home and overseas.

Cohen's payment to the president's accuser in the weeks leading up to the presidential election could be cast as an illegal contribution but not if he were acting on the president's behest and with his money. So did AT&T and Time Warner. The two sides have spent the past two months battling in federal court.

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".

The judge prevented the companies from fully exploring that claim, denying their request for access to certain internal government communications.