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Democratic senators want more info about Michael Cohen from AT&T's Randall Stephenson

Democratic senators want more info about Michael Cohen from AT&T's Randall Stephenson

The company has been in the hot seat since news broke last week that it had made payments to the same shell company, Essential Consultants, that was reportedly used to pay off porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair she reportedly had with Trump.

Novartis Chief Executive Officer Vas Narasimhan said last week that the drugmaker "made a mistake" in signing up lawyer Michael Cohen to give the company insight on Trump's health-care plans.

Oliver proceeded to mock AT&T, which is now in a legal battle with the Justice Department over its proposed merger with HBO's parent company, Time Warner, for the company's statement addressing the controversy, saying that they paid Cohen to "provide insights into understanding the new administration". 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. They pulled out of the Iran deal, which may turn out to be catastrophic.

Mr. Trump pledged during his campaign to shake up the Washington establishment - to "drain the swamp" - while railing against "the special interests, the lobbyists and the corrupt corporate media that have rigged the system against everyday Americans".

While some companies-like AT&T and Novartis AG-took Cohen up on his offer, others, including Ford and Uber, turned him down. Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shared documents showing AT&T paid the company $200,000.

CBS, Viacom had agreed on price for deal before lawsuit, sources say
It also wants to dilute the shareholdings of NAI, which has voting control at both CBS and Viacom . The feud between CBS and National Amusements has descended into a playground brawl.

AT&T told The New York Times that it was hoping to better understand the president's thinking, but Oliver called that "just ridiculous".

Oliver then explained that, shortly after the 2016 election, Trump's "fixer" Michael Cohen began to make a lot of money.

In a letter to Cohen, Wyden stated that "the size and timings of these payments, as well as the accusation that Novartis continued the payments because canceling the contract "might have caused anger" to the President, deserve closer examination".

"So you wanted to know how the Trump administration works? Congratulations, you just got a fucking master class".

"Donald Trump's personal lawyer and a lawyer so sh--y, he made Trump say, 'I need someone good - get me Rudy Giuliani on the phone, '" Oliver joked.


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