AT&T admits 'big mistake' in hiring Trump fixer Michael Cohen

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The disclosure of AT&T's relationship with Cohen has turned into a major embarrassment for the telecommunications company as it awaits a US judge's decision, due June 12, on whether it can go through with the purchase of Time Warner, a deal that has been denounced by Trump.

AT&T also said, "we didn't ask him to set up any meetings for us with anyone in the administration and he didn't offer to do so".

Among them, AT&T, who has just forced out their top DC exec responsible for authorizing $600,000 in payments to Cohen.

Initially, it was believed AT&T paid Cohen $200,000. But the fact is, our past association with Cohen was a serious misjudgment. My friend Donald Trump is soon to be president! At the same time that he was collecting $50,000 a month from AT&T, Cohen was being paid large sums to advise other companies on a broad variety of issues, including the Affordable Care Act, accounting practices and real estate. Basically, AT&T very clearly has two (I will argue three in a moment) vitally important initiatives that all necessitate the government's approval, and they wanted Michael Cohen's help in navigating that process from a legislative and regulatory standpoint.

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Cohen "said he was going to leave the Trump Organization and do consulting for a select few companies", AT&T explained. But the company would not answer questions about what specifically went wrong and whether it would enact changes in how it conducts business in Washington.

Stephenson announced that Bob Quinn, one of the executives involved in the Cohen deal, "will be retiring".

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

"People should recognize that he [Quinn] came to recognize it was a misjudgment - witness the fact previous year that he terminated the contract, got out of it as fast as he could, and that's a point that's not being written right now as people pile on", the person said.

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Quinn started with the Bell system as an operator for Illinois Bell in 1980, before AT&T was broken up by the Justice Department in a landmark antitrust action four years later.

"I think that it's reasonably apparent the division of Justice opposed the merger, " and thus certainly the president has not yet been influenced by any, or his own administration influenced by any outside special interests", Sanders said.

Cohen's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment from the Journal and a Mueller spokesman declined to comment.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, said Wednesday that the president was unaware of Cohen's consulting agreements. I don't burden them with every single thing that comes along.

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