Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Uber Refused To Hire Michael Cohen

Uber Refused To Hire Michael Cohen

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has launched an inquiry into Novartis' $1.2 million one-year business arrangement with Essential Consultants, the shell company linked with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of CT, and Ron Wyden of OR sent a letter to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson asking questions about the $600,000 in payments the company made to Cohen previous year.

Novartis said in a statement last week that special counsel Robert Mueller's team had contacted the company in November 2017 about his deal with Cohen's Essential Consultants, and that it had "cooperated fully" and "provided all the information requested". Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shared documents showing AT&T paid the company $200,000.

The Journal's report stressed that Cohen was trying to leverage his unique position as a person very close to Trump due to his "precarious" financial situation, a friend of Cohen's told the paper.

AT&T confirmed it hired Cohen in early 2017 to get information about the new president and his administration. Cohen's contract did not permit lobbying without first notifying AT&T, and that never occurred, Stephenson said in his letter.

Still, Stephenson emphasized that the company's dealings with Essential Consultants were all above board and perfectly legal. For what? CNN said AT&T divulged Cohen "approached" Quinn's Washington office of AT&T during the post election transition period for insights into the administration.

"These companies got exactly what they paid for, because they wanted to understand how the Trump administration worked, and think about it: They put their trust in a political novice who turned out to be a total moron and was actually just bilking them for personal gain", Oliver said of Cohen.

"We begin tonight with the Trump White House", Oliver said, "the only home in America where the next occupant will have to ask, 'What's the best way to get cum stains out of Abe Lincoln's ghost?'" But declined any further comment.

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