Rudy Giuliani Tells HuffPost: Trump 'Denied' AT&T-Time Warner Merger

13 May, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Michael Cohen leaving federal court in New York.   Mary Altaffer  AP

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"Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.and our reputation has been damaged", the memo said. The news broke last week thanks to Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti, who released documents that seemed to show hundreds of thousands of dollars also streamed to Cohen from AT&T and Korea Aerospace.

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

"I can see why the Trump White House wants to concentrate its fire where the fire matters most", said Fleischer.

Yesterday, the president bashed the "fake news" media while reacting to AT&T's statement that it regrets paying $600,000 to his embattled personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

The Dallas-based telecom giant spent more than $350 million on advocacy in the past 20 years - including almost $17 million last year alone.

Wyden, a Democrat from OR, noted in a letter to Narasimhan that at the time Novartis was paying Cohen, it was seeking approval and negotiating a payment deal with the US government for a cancer drug called Kymriah that has a list price of $475,000.




Stephenson also said in the memo that the company's head of lobbying and external affairs, Bob Quinn, 57, would be retiring.

An attorney for Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"What's unfortunate is the company and the individual who was retained because Michael Cohen is in trouble", Cohen said. "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. "It's a whole industry here in Washington built around providing deep information on how the government is likely to address complex issues", said Karl Sandstrom, a senior counsel at law firm Perkins Coie LLP and a former commissioner at the Federal Election Commission. He oversaw the contract with Cohen.

Meanwhile, Novartis chief executive Vasant Narasimhan sent an email to employees Thursday calling the company's $1.2 million contract with Cohen a "mistake" and acknowledging that the revelation "was not a good day for Novartis". Hannity has described his personal dealings with Cohen as centered on real estate advice and said that it "never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions". Mr. Trump has denied the sexual encounter.

"I don't get involved with pimps", Giuliani told Business Insider.

"One of the things that has made AT&T so effective in their lobbying is that they're not dependent on one person". Time Warner's CEO has called the case against the merger "ridiculous". A federal judge is expected to rule on the proposed buy in the next couple of months.

Sanders reiterated the president's statement, that the Department of Justice made the choice to oppose the merger. An official in the agency's antitrust division also said the White House was not directed it on how to proceed on the transaction.

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