John Oliver Rips Into 'Total Moron' Michael Cohen Over Consulting Scandal

John Oliver Last Week Tonight

Although AT&T's statements were meant to distance itself from Mr. Cohen and the arrangement on Friday, they also provided insight into how companies like AT&T operate in Washington during the Trump era.

Mr. Cohen repeatedly pitched Uber, which said no, citing Mr. Cohen's ownership of NY taxi medallions as a potential conflict of interest with the ride-hailing firm, a person close to the company said. The senators questioned the appropriateness of AT&T's dealings with Cohen, given "Mr. Cohen's lack of experience and lack of knowledge about tax reform, antitrust issues, and FCC policy", they wrote in the letter. They pulled out of the Iran deal, which may turn out to be catastrophic.

But ultimately, Oliver argued, Columbus Nova, AT&T, Novartis, and the other companies that shelled out millions to Cohen got exactly what they paid for.

In Trump's Washington swamp, the shit just keeps getting deeper.

"They wanted to understand how the Trump administration worked, and think about it: they put their trust in a political novice who turned out to be a total moron and was actually just bilking them for personal gain", he explained.


It was confirmed that Cohen receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporations as a consultant in the aftermath of Trump's election. "Cohen's pitch to potential clients was pretty brazen", the host added, reading it aloud: "I don't know who's been representing you, but you should fire them all".

In a letter to CEO Narasimhan, Wyden challenges the hiring of Cohen, pointing out that Cohen is not a lobbyist, and that Essential Consultants is not a healthcare policy consultancy; it is, according to its claims, a real estate consulting company. I'm closest to the president.

Meanwhile, the ranking Democrat on the Senate health and pensions committee, Patty Murray, has also launched an investigation of Novartis paying millions of dollars for apparent access to the Trump administration.

"Donald Trump's personal lawyer and a lawyer so sh--y, he made Trump say, 'I need someone good - get me Rudy Giuliani on the phone, '" Oliver joked. "Congratulations, you just got a f--ing master class", he continued.

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