Hiring Michael Cohen was a 'big mistake': AT&T

Russian Payment to Michael Cohen's Firm'Extraordinary' Bauer Says

Meanwhile, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Friday that the company's chief Washington lobbyist, Bob Quinn, would be leaving the company after overseeing the hiring of Cohen as a political consultant, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Giuliani told ABC News Saturday that the president also had no idea that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen was being paid by AT&T and other companies.

He was correct. a year ago his administration sued to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner.

An attempt by the mainstream media to expose President Donald Trump as a member of the "swamp" backfired epically this week after he, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and his legal team turned the tables on them and exposed their swampy lies.

When AT&T swung its deal with Cohen, the merger was very much an issue in Washington.

And Kellyanne Conway, in an appearance on CNN in November before the DOJ sued to stop the merger, admonished interviewer Brian Stelter not to "throw all that poison out to your viewers" when he asked if the president had involvement in what was then the decision-making process over whether to sue.

"I think he's going to get himself in serious trouble". "The president denied the merger", Guiliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, said.

"Whatever lobbying was done didn't reach the president", Giuliani insisted to HuffPost.


The payments were made to Essential Consultants, a company created by Cohen one month before the 2016 USA presidential election.

His comments about AT&T are notable because a political cloud has been hanging over the deal since day one.

"Why doesn't the Fake News Media state that the Trump Administration's Anti-Trust Division has been, and is, opposed to the AT&T purchase of Time Warner in a now ongoing Trial".

Under AT&T's rules, Quinn had significant leeway to approve the Cohen contract because its $600,000 price tag did not trigger oversight from more senior executives, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal company practices.

The president was considering sidelining him from television interviews, the report said. Trump has been vocal in his disdain for CNN's coverage of his administration.

Quinn was promoted to replace AT&T's longtime head of lobbying, James Cicconi, just before the company announced its merger with Time Warner. By October, they thought the thumbs-up was right around the corner. A judge is deciding whether its controversial $85 billion merger with Time Warner violates antitrust law. But the company would not answer questions about what specifically went wrong and whether it would enact changes in how it conducts business in Washington.

"I don't see how in any way he could sit down with Mueller", he said.

Closing arguments were made in the AT&T-Time Warner case last month, and Judge Richard Leon said he will present a decision on June 12.

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