The questions come after Stephenson admitted in an email to employees last week that AT&T had entered a consulting contract with Cohen to "help us understand how the President and his administration might approach a wide range of policy issues important to the company, including regulatory reform at the FCC, corporate tax reform and antitrust enforcement". 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.
John Oliver of Last Week Tonight gleefully went in on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Sunday - delivering joke after joke about the embattled attorney with all the enthusiasm of a kid eating a banana split. They pulled out of the Iran deal, which may turn out to be catastrophic. "These days, Trump aide says something terrible isn't really news; it's just an assumed fact, like gravity, or the fact that Young Sheldon will someday grow up and look nothing like Jim Parsons, and then all hell will break loose because the world can't handle an inconsistency like that". Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shared documents showing AT&T paid the company $200,000.
Reports later showed AT&T had given Cohen $600,000 as it tried to better understand the new Trump administration past year and hoped to have its merger with Time Warner approved.
"Novartis paid Mr. Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it paid its big-shot lobbyists in Washington". "Cohen's pitch to potential clients was pretty brazen", the host added, reading it aloud: "I don't know who's been representing you, but you should fire them all".
The company, this person said, was "bemused". I'm closest to the president. It also wants in-depth details of each payment, copies of contracts with any lobbyists, advisors or consultants that may relate to the Trump administration and healthcare. With his former boss installed in the White House, Trump's personal lawyer and fixer began pitching himself to major companies as an invaluable political consultant-"I have the best relationship with the president on the outside, and you need to hire me", he reportedly told prospective clients. "Congratulations, you just got a f*****g masterclass".