"AT&T has a lucrative business merger being blocked by Trump's Department of Justice".
Trump had voiced opposition to the merger during the campaign and his administration ultimately sided against AT&T. Then, on Saturday, the White House told CNN that Giuliani got it wrong, and that the Department of Justice alone blocked the deal.
It is unclear what insight Cohen - a longtime real estate attorney and former taxi cab operator - could have provided AT&T on complex telecom matters.
AT&T paid Essential Consultants LLC, a firm set up by Cohen, a total of $600,000 over 2017 for the advice.
Federal prosecutors are investigating Cohen's business dealings, including a $130,000 payment he made to pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, as part of a deal to buy her silence about an affair she says she had with Trump. That specific revelation further proves the president is not going to be influenced by special interests, Sanders insisted, adding, "This is actually the definition of draining the swamp".
Giuliani joined Trump's out legal staff in April to signify Trump in Exclusive Counsel Robert Mueller's research into possible ties to Russian Federation.
The FBI raided Cohen's home and office in April, as part of a probe being conducted by NY federal prosecutors. Paul S. Ryan of Common Cause said Cohen had plenty of wiggle room to help his corporate clients, which included AT&T and pharmaceutical giant Novartis, without running afoul of lobbying rules.
"Following this initial meeting, Novartis determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to USA healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further", the statement said.
He was also directed to "creatively address political and communications issues" facing the company and advise the company on matters before the Federal Communications Commission.
It is unclear what AT&T got from Mr. Cohen, a real-estate lawyer who worked at the Trump Organization for almost a decade.
The New York Times first reported that Cohen offered advice on how AT&T should approach the administration about the Time Warner merger.
Cohen was also not registered as a lobbyist.
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Both companies have said they made a mistake working with Essential Consultants.
On Friday, Mr. Stephenson told staff the company's general counsel, David McAtee, will take over the company's Washington operations.
In the interview, Giuliani states that Trump "denied the merger", which appears to fly in the face of months of assurances from the DOJ and the White House that Trump had no influence over the decision.
AT&T has declined to comment on the specific amount it paid to Essential Consultants.
"It's an unceremonious departure for someone who exercised awful judgment", Lee Drutman, senior fellow in the political reform program at the New America think-tank, said in an email, "but the company has a reputation to protect". In an internal memo to employees, obtained by The Associated Press, Friday, May 11, Stephenson called the hiring a "serious misjudgment, '" and said that the company's chief lobbyist in Washington is leaving.
AT&T also provided new information about how the arrangement came about.
"Whatever lobbying was done didn't reach the president", Giuliani said.
At the time it was making the payments, Wyden said, the company was negotiating with FDA over the approval.
At the time, AT&T said that Stephenson had "a very good meeting" with Trump but that the Time Warner merger "was not a topic of discussion".
As for the AT&T-Time Warner merger, its fate will be decided by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who presided over a week long trial that wrapped up last week.
According to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to describe ongoing litigation, Delrahim was not aware of AT&T's payments to Cohen. There are a lot of unanswered questions as the scandal continues to unfold, but in this segment from Thursday night's "Daily Show", Trevor Noah takes on the most basic question: How did various corporations get sucked into playing ball with Cohen in the first place?