Companies detail payments to Trump lawyer; Daniels' attorney says there's more

Russian Payment to Michael Cohen's Firm'Extraordinary' Bauer Says

Replies from Novartis to Cohen's corporation were first so-called at an volatile report from lawyer Michael Avenatti, whose client, porn star Stormy Daniels, is fueling Trump and also Cohen to emptiness that a non-disclosure deal which bars her from discussing an alleged affair. 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.

After a strategic data dump by the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels on Wednesday, the world learned that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, collected millions in "consulting" fees from major USA and overseas corporations with business interest before the us government, as well as a subsidiary of a Vladimir Putin-connected Russian company, in 2017 and 2018 - and he collected it all in the same dummy account he'd set up just before the 2016 election to pay off Daniels and other women who have alleged extramarital affairs with the commander-in-chief.

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

Cohen created "Essential Consultants", a Delaware LLC, in October 2016, just before the election.

Cohen was also hired to advise the company on Federal Communications Commission regulation and tax reform, an AT&T spokesperson told CNN.

On Thursday night, the Washington Postrevealed that AT&T's $600,000 contract with Cohen stipulated that he would provide "advice" on the telecom company's proposed merger with Time Warner, which was awaiting the Trump administration's approval.

To be clear, everything we did was done according to the law and entirely legitimate.

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.

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Stephenson said he took responsibility for the Washington team's failure to vet Cohen.

Among the claims Cohen says are incorrect: A wire transfer he supposedly received, sent to an account in Toronto, was actually received by a Canadian citizen named Michael Cohen for foreign aid work the Canadian Cohen did in Tanzania.

Before the trial began, AT&T and Time Warner considered using a "selective enforcement" defense, essentially arguing that the Justice Department was targeting their merger partly because Trump doesn't like CNN. The company said it was contacted by Mueller's office in November, though it now considers its role in that inquiry closed.

On Tuesday AT&T confirmed that it had paid Cohen's company Essential Consultants for "insights into understanding" the new administration.

Novartis said it has provided information to special counsel Robert Mueller's office regarding its agreement with Mr. Cohen's company.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. It did not identify the others.

The application for Avenatti to appear as counsel is in connection with Daniels' request to intervene in the case involving the seizure of Cohen's records by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.

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