AT&T calls paying Trump lawyer Michael Cohen 'a big mistake'

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"Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these last few days and our reputation has been damaged", Stephenson said in a memo to employees.

Giuliani also said it 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.

Cohen wasn't registered as one.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Cohen had received a series of payments into his shell company, Essential Consulting, LLC.

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. That would have put his consulting fee at $1.8 million for the year. While everything the company did was legal, Stephenson said that the association with Cohen was "a serious misjudgment". They also raise questions about whether Trump knew about the arrangement.

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AT&T declined to comment on the documents, which were provided to The Post anonymously, but did not challenge their authenticity.

Both companies have said they made a mistake working with Essential Consultants. "It's a whole industry here in Washington built around providing deep information on how the government is likely to address complex issues", said Karl Sandstrom, a senior counsel at law firm Perkins Coie LLP and a former commissioner at the Federal Election Commission.

"It's an unceremonious departure for someone who exercised bad 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".

"We're not going to interfere with that here", she said.

"We made a mistake in entering into this engagement and, as a effect, are being criticized by a world that expects more from us", Mr. Narasimhan wrote.

The payment to Clifford was the first known activity involving Essential Consultants, a shell company incorporated in DE by Cohen.

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Essential Consultants was the same firm Cohen used in October to pay Stormy Daniels $130,000 in exchange for an agreement not to disclose her alleged affair with Trump. He denies any encounter took place.

Initially, it was believed AT&T paid Cohen $200,000.

AT&T noted in the fact sheet that Cohen was among "several consultants" the company hired as Trump was assuming the presidency.

Sanders was asked Friday about Michael Cohen's payments from blue chip companies, including AT&T, which sought advice on its proposed purchase of Time Warner. The two sides have spent the past two months battling in federal court.

On Tuesday, Avenatti claimed that Cohen received $500,000 from billionaire Vekselberg in the months after the 2016 USA election. The Justice Department filed suit a year ago seeking to block the deal, and a judge is expected to rule on the matter in June.

"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 United States healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further", the statement said.

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AT&T's vast lobbying team, which includes more than 100 people, and public policy staff will now report to the company's general counsel, David McAtee.

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