Senate Dems demand answers from AT&T CEO about payments to Michael Cohen

Senate Dems demand answers from AT&T CEO about payments to Michael Cohen

Senate Dems demand answers from AT&T CEO about payments to Michael Cohen

Were any laws broken by either Cohen or these corporations giving money to Cohen?

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said last week that it was a mistake to hire Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, as a consultant after it was revealed the company may have paid him $600,000 a year ago.

Cohen is now embroiled in a scandal over millions of dollars in payments his shell company received in consulting fees, including $500,000 from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch. Cohen was being paid $50,000 a month. They also refer to a January 12, 2017 meeting between Stephenson and Quinn and Trump, noting that Cohen entered Trump Tower just eight minutes earlier.

AT&T confirmed it hired Cohen in early 2017 to get information about the new president and his administration.

However, the initial meeting found Cohen unable to provide the sought-after services, but Novartis claims it was unable to terminate the contract, and had to pay through to its end in February 2018.

Last week, Stephenson sent a memo to employees apologizing for the mess calling the relationship with Cohen a "big mistake" that has put AT&T "in the headlines for all the wrong reasons". It also wants in-depth details of each payment, copies of contracts with any lobbyists, advisors or consultants that may relate to the Trump administration and healthcare. 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.

Cohen is under rising scrutiny over his role in making payments to buy the silence of Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, over her alleged affair with President Trump. It was through Essential Consultants that AT&T retained Mr. Cohen.

Asked about Sadler's comment, a White House official said, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

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