Senate Dems demand answers from AT&T CEO about payments to Michael Cohen

Senate Dems demand answers from AT&T CEO about payments to Michael Cohen

Still, Stephenson emphasized that the company's dealings with Essential Consultants were all above board and perfectly legal.

Last week we were handed another example of everything that is wrong with Washington D.C. In this instance it is Donald Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen and the payments he received from corporations.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said last week that it was a mistake to hire Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, as a consultant after it was revealed the company may have paid him $600,000 previous year.

The ride-sharing company cited Cohen's ownership of NY taxi medallions as a potential conflict of interest. "But the fact is, our past association with Cohen was a serious misjudgment".

He also reportedly approached automotive industry giant Ford Motor, and it too rebuffed his pitches. He was occasionally successful: Swiss drugmaker Novartis shelled out a staggering $1.2 million for his esteemed services, while AT&T paid something like $600,000, and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs paid $500,000 for the privilege of adding Cohen to their roster.

"If you want to understand this president's thinking", Oliver said, "simply have a donkey kick you in the head five times and then watch Fox News for 72 hours straight".

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Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City on May 11.

Sadler called the senator's daughter Meghan McCain on Thursday to apologize for the remark, a source close to the situation told CNN, although it's unclear what her response was. Cohen reportedly took out a loan in March and put his Manhattan apartment up as collateral.

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.

Most popular: What Are Trans Fats and What Foods Contain Them? They also refer to a January 12, 2017 meeting between Stephenson and Quinn and Trump, noting that Cohen entered Trump Tower just eight minutes earlier.

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