WH says Trump not influenced by Cohen payments

AT&T CEO calls hiring Michael Cohen for advice on Trump ‘big mistake

AT&T CEO calls hiring Michael Cohen for advice on Trump ‘big mistake

"The president had no knowledge of it", Rudy Giuliani told HuffPost in an interview.

Giuliani is now back-tracking.

"I'm crushing it", Cohen told an associate in 2017, according to the WashingtonPost, in regard to his pitches to potential clients.

But Giuliani, who's the latest addition to Trump's legal team, wouldn't have any of it.

A key Democratic senator is joining at least one other lawmaker Friday in requesting that pharmaceutical giant Novartis turn over documents relating to President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. "It might grow to become good or bad", Giuliani explained. Hilton asked. "What part of Drain the Swamp did Cohen not understand?" The president denied the merger. Companies routinely hire political consultants at the outset of new administrations, he said, and AT&T has done so in the past.

AT&T's association with Cohen emerged just this week from information released by Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti.

Cohen was the longtime attorney for Trump and the Trump Organization.

He said the fact that Cohen has become involved in the probe shows that Mueller has been unable to make headway on the idea of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. It would be one of the biggest media deals ever if approved.

No. Cohen isn't an employee of the USA government and therefore not bound by the pledge, which restricts influence peddling to those coming into or leaving the Trump administration.

"The conversation focused on how AT&T can work with the Trump administration to increase investment in the USA, stimulate job creation in America, and make American companies more competitive globally", the company said.

The DOJ traditionally operates with a lot of independence.

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"Cohen's corporate clients had business pending before the Trump administration", he said.

Still, AT&T and Time Warner executives believed the deal would receive DOJ approval, much like Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal did almost a decade ago. "Drug prices are already out of reach for too many American families, and drug companies need to be held accountable if they are breaking the law". So did AT&T and Time Warner.

Before taking office Trump tried to present a more open mind, telling Axios he hadn't yet "seen the facts" and that they would be "presented to me and to the people within the government".

But White House aides like Kellyanne Conway insisted that the White House was not interfering.

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.

The DOJ's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, also publicly denied being influenced by Trump.

"At no time did I receive orders, instructions or directions relating to the transaction or the decision to file the complaint" from Trump, Sessions or their staffers, Delrahim said.

But Cohen's "lobbying" seemed to be nonexistent, especially since last November the Justice Department sued AT&T to block the bid, citing antitrust concerns.

Outside the courthouse, however, the questions continued to swirl.

Leon is expected to deliver an opinion on the case by June 12.

- CNN's Abby Phillip and Hadas Gold contributed reporting.

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