Trump Attorney Giuliani Brands Stormy Daniels' Lawyer a 'Pimp'

AT&T Executive Who Oversaw Michael Cohen's Contract Forced Out

AT&T Executive Who Oversaw Michael Cohen's Contract Forced Out

Randall Stephenson, the chief executive officer of AT&T, wrote in a company-wide letter to staff on Friday that the telecom giant made "a serious misjudgment" in its decision to hire President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen as a consultant previous year.

"The president had no knowledge of it", Rudy Giuliani told HuffPost in an interview.

Revelations that AT&T paid $600,000 to the Trump lawyer who arranged for the hush money payments to Stephanie Clifford resulted in a shakeup Friday of the company's Washington operation.

"It was all captured in one phrase that came to define the 2016 campaign's epic battle between the populist insurgent and the corrupt Clinton machine and all it represented: Drain the Swamp!" the Tory argued.

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.

Novartis hired Cohen's consulting firm in 2017 to provide insight on Trump's health-care plans.

Novartis was among several companies revealed this week to have had financial connections to Cohen. Payments to Cohen were approved by two executives in AT&T's public affairs office in Washington.

Mueller was appointed to continue an investigation into Russian intelligence agencies' work to help Trump win the 2016 election after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who had been leading the probe.

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They bought Saha; I remember a lot of the boys telling me when I'd go away with England , "I thought you were actually coming". Gestures of support continue for the Scot, who retired in 2013.

Michael Cohen exits the U.S. Federal Court on April 16, 2018 in Lower Manhattan, New York.

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 made the comment as part of a larger point that Trump was evidently not moved on the issue by Michael Cohen. Cohen's lawyers called much of what Avenatti released "completely inaccurate". They have been trying to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed promising not to discuss an affair she said she had with Trump a decade ago in return for $130,000. She said failure to inform the president, and get his consent, could expose Cohen to the loss of his law license or other disciplinary measures.

Cohen drew up the agreement, complete with fake names for Trump and Daniels, and paid the money using a shell company he registered in DE just days earlier. "What did the president believe he was giving to the companies in exchange for the payments?"

Indeed, in addition to the scandal surrounding Cohen, the Trump administration has often had the look of a feeding frenzy, with Trump and those around him facing frequent accusations of attempting to profit from his presidency. "They're buying his advice".

"It's no secret this type of activity goes on in D.C. regularly as companies and organizations try to understand the political climate - as well as the leadership that is driving the D.C. agenda", said Nicol Turner-Lee, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former policy advocate for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council.

Some within Washington's cozy lobbying circles expressed bemusement that AT&T was apologizing for behavior that has become commonplace for corporations in the capital - paying for advice about the government's most powerful decision-makers.

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