Although AT&T's statements were meant to distance itself from Mr. Cohen and the arrangement on Friday, they also provided insight into how companies like AT&T operate in Washington during the Trump era.
"We begin tonight with the Trump White House", Oliver said, "the only home in America where the next occupant will have to ask, 'What's the best way to get cum stains out of Abe Lincoln's ghost?'" 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. The American public needs to know who at the company signed off on this scheme and what were they expecting in return. "These days, Trump aide says something bad isn't really news; it's just an assumed fact, like gravity, or the fact that Young Sheldon will someday grow up and look nothing like Jim Parsons, and then all hell will break loose because the world can't handle an inconsistency like that". More recently, Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti alleged that Cohen was "selling access" to president Trump.
Reports later showed AT&T had given Cohen $600,000 as it tried to better understand the new Trump administration a year ago and hoped to have its merger with Time Warner approved.
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Novartis admits to hiring Cohen in February 2017 as part of a one-year contract with his now infamous shell company Essential Consulting, paying $100,000 (£73,740) per month, which added up to $1.2 million overall. When you review the facts of the payments and who made those payments to Cohen, there is no escaping the reality that is potentially very ugly.
In a letter to Cohen, Wyden stated that "the size and timings of these payments, as well as the accusation that Novartis continued the payments because canceling the contract "might have caused anger" to the President, deserve closer examination. Congratulations, you just got a f*****g masterclass".
"Donald Trump's personal lawyer and a lawyer so sh--y, he made Trump say, 'I need someone good - get me Rudy Giuliani on the phone, '" Oliver joked.