AT&T: Hiring Trump attorney Cohen was 'big mistake'

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"Why doesn't the Fake News Media state that the Trump Administration's Anti-Trust Division has been, and is, opposed to the AT&T purchase of Time Warner in a now ongoing Trial", Trump wrote.

He said going forward Quinn's replacement would "ensure every one of the individuals and firms we use in the political arena are people who share our high standards and who we would be proud to have associated with AT&T". On Thursday a source with knowledge of the matter confirmed that AT&T paid Cohen $600,000 for the year.

Avenatti said he was aware of four months of payments to Cohen totaling $200,000. Nonetheless, Mr. Stephenson also added that retaining Mr. Cohen "was a serious misjudgment".

Trump has denied the affair, and Cohen claims the payment was made to silence Daniels's false claims.

"In this instance", he continued, "our Washington, D.C., team's vetting process clearly failed, and I take responsibility for that".

The company said it hired Cohen's firm among "several consultants 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... tax reform and antitrust enforcement, specifically our Time Warner deal". Companies routinely hire political consultants at the outset of new administrations, he said, and AT&T has done so in the past.

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Six wounded were brought into the trauma hospital run by Italian medical aid group Emergency, of whom one was dead on arrival. At least five people were killed and 16 wounded in the attacks, Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh told reporters.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has sent a letter to the CEO of Novartis International requesting documents and information about the company's payments to Cohen, who had a $1.2 million contract with the company during the beginning of the Trump administration.

"For the foreseeable future, the External & Legislative Affairs (E&LA) group will report to our General Counsel David McAtee". Stephenson said in his email that Quinn was retiring.

But Quinn appeared to recognize that the Cohen deal was a mistake, according to another person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss Quinn's situation. Its contract with Cohen ended a year ago. "But that's factually accurate, and it ought to carry more weight in this situation". After law school, he joined AT&T as an attorney in 1993 and later ascended the ranks of the company's massive lobbying operations.

An attorney for Cohen did not respond to a request for comment Friday. "For anything beyond that I would direct you to the president's outside counsel".

To that end, ethics experts said Friday that the wireless giant could be in the clear legally.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, said Wednesday that the president was unaware of Cohen's consulting agreements.

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