AT&T CEO says hiring Trump lawyer was 'big mistake' - memo

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Mr. Cohen admitted to arranging a $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford prior to the late 2016 presidential election after The Wall Street Journal reported on the matter this January.

Only three days after President Trump was sworn into office, AT&T turned to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for help.

In an email to employees dated May 9 and seen by Reuters on Thursday, AT&T said that in early 2017, "We hired 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 at the FCC, corporate tax reform and antitrust enforcement". The payment puts Cohen, AT&T, and the Trump administration in a bad light.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders referred questions about Cohen to Trump's outside counsel, but said Cohen's private business dealings did not involve the administration.

Meanwhile, attorney Michael Avenatti, who defends the interests of porno star Stormy Daniels vs. Trump, wrote in his Twitter that Michael Cohen had received $500 thousand from the Russian oligarch Vekselberg.

AT&T is desperately working to get a merger with Time Warner approved.

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At least eight alt-right website domain names were registered to Columbus Nova, the company that paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, according to internet records reviewed by CNN. Rather, his job was to advise the company.

AT&T said the contract ended in December 2017.

In a memo to employees, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that while everything the company did in hiring Cohen was in accordance with the law, they should not have done so.

Cohen was also paid $1.2million by the pharmaceutical company Novartis.

The unexpected federal raid of the his offices last month has raised the spectre of a potential criminal charges for Cohen, who is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violation shortly thereafter. The company's chief executive said they "made a mistake" in giving Cohen a contract. A Republican strategist who spoke with CNN said that Cohen would tell clients that they should "fire" their current lawyers and hire him because "I'm closest to the President". Renova Group is a conglomerate controlled by Vekselberg.

Cohen is also under investigation by prosecutors in NY for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

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