Giuliani 'quite certain' Trump didn't know about Cohen deals

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"They didn't get the result they wanted", Giuliani said, referring to AT&T.

"The conversation focused on how AT&T can work with the Trump administration to increase investment in the US, stimulate job creation in America, and make American companies more competitive globally", the company said.

The former New York City mayor's specific reference to the president denying the merger was in contrast to comments from November when the Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim told ABC News, "I have never been instructed by the White House on this or any other transaction under review by the antitrust division".

AT&T's head lobbyist, Bob Quinn, who oversaw the hiring of Cohen, is retiring, according to the memo. Ron Wyden of OR, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, who sent a separate letter Friday to Cohen regarding the payments from Novartis to his shell company Essential Consultants.

"The media, the special interests, Wall Street, the career politicians - the system is rigged, and I've been saying it for a long time, and believe me, I'm right, but with your help, we're going to beat the system and we're going to unrig the system", Trump said.

President Trump blasts the mainstream media for not reporting his administration is opposed to the AT&T merger with Time Warner as a judge weighs the legality of the pending deal.

Days ago, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, released a report claiming Vekselberg paid half a million bucks to Cohen, the longtime fixer and lawyer for President Donald Trump.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti tweeted Friday that this was "major news" if Giuliani "didn't misspeak".

Essential Consultants paid US$130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, as part of an agreement that barred her from discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

In late 2017 AT&T provided information about Cohen to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the company said in the fact sheet. But AT&T said it did not meet with Avenue a second time.

Stephenson said he took responsibility for the Washington team's failure to vet Cohen.

In other words: If AT&T hired Cohen to win the government's approval, AT&T wasted its $600,000. He called the hiring of Cohen a "big mistake". "Whatever lobbying was done didn't reach the president", Giuliani also said.

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.

Federal law requires companies such as AT&T to register individuals as lobbyists if they devote at least 20 percent of their time contacting and trying to influence key government decision-makers, including the president.

"I'm not going to comment on an internal staff meeting", Sanders responded, looking-through-her-lorgnette-ily, when asked about Kelly Sadler's cruel crack.

A Novartis spokesman said the company anticipated Wyden's letter and plans to fully cooperate.