Novartis CEO on Michael Cohen deal

Novartis CEO on Michael Cohen deal

"The president denied the merger", Guiliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, said.

Now that Michael Cohen's pay-to-play scheme has been revealed, the companies that took Trump's personal lawyer up on his offer of access to the president of the United States in exchange for large (huge!) payments are racing to do damage control.

Wyden said that of the lobbying firms the Swiss drugmaker paid during the first 15 months of the Trump administration, no single firm was paid more than $300,000, while Cohen's firm was paid that amount each quarter for one year. But things didn't seem to work out with Novartis, which signed a yearlong pact with Cohen in February 2017 for $100,000 a month. "The president has been very busy".

Trump had voiced opposition to the merger during the presidential campaign, and his administration ultimately opposed the AT&T effort.

Last week, Mr. Trump said he would "love" to be interviewed by Mueller, but only if he's "treated fairly".

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Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Mr. Cohen to determine whether he violated any laws in his efforts to raise cash and hide negative information about Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. "If we were convinced it would speed up the process, we may do it".

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, wrote in a court filing earlier this week that Avenatti has "no lawful basis to possess" the records and asked a judge to require Avenatti to explain how he came to possess and release them. "But right now, we're not there". The Justice Department filed suit previous year seeking to block the deal, and a judge is expected to rule on the matter in June. But Cohen has known Trump for years. Even if Mueller's team made a decision to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, the president could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

The president has denied Ms. Clifford's claims. The Justice Department filed suit in November to block the deal, and that case is pending.

The Dallas-based telecom giant spent more than $350 million on advocacy in the past 20 years - including almost $17 million last year alone.

The president was considering sidelining him from television interviews, the report said.

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President Trump was reportedly angry over Giuliani's undisciplined media appearances last week; he is not likely to be thrilled this time around, either.

Some within Washington's cozy lobbying circles expressed bemusement that AT&T was apologizing for behavior that has become commonplace for corporations in the capital - paying for advice about the government's most powerful decision-makers.

"It would take a while and he's focused on North Korea", said Giuliani. That's part of an ongoing investigation that they have into his business dealings. That means he might have information that could be of interest to the special counsel.

Trump was elected on a nationalist, "America First" platform. He has had to revise his public comments about Stormy Daniels and what Trump knew or didn't know -and when- about the payment Cohen made to her.

"It's no secret this type of activity goes on in D.C. regularly as companies and organizations try to understand the political climate - as well as the leadership that is driving the D.C. agenda", said Nicol Turner-Lee, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former policy advocate for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council.

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