Democratic senators want more info about Michael Cohen from AT&T's Randall Stephenson

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On reports of drug manufacturer Novartis saying they had decided not to continue engaging with Cohen after just one meeting-even though they were in a deal with him worth over a million dollars-Oliver said "they basically paid a million dollars not to talk to Michael Cohen". The questions come after Stephenson admitted in an email to employees last week that AT&T had entered a consulting contract with Cohen 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".

"Did you, Mr. Quinn, or any other AT&T executives meet with Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump or any other executives of the Trump Organization on January 12, 2017?" the Democrats wrote. It hasn't commented on how much was paid to Cohen's firm. The president has denied Ms. Clifford's claims.

The companies, which sought his proximity to and knowledge of Trump, paid Cohen more than $1.2 million through his shell company, Essential Consultants LLC. The letter also states that the contract with Cohen is worth more than the amount paid to any single lobbyist during the first 15 months of the Trump administration.

In recent days, Stephenson and Narasimhan have both apologized for their companies' contracts with Essential Consultants.

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Oliver then explained that, shortly after the 2016 election, Trump's "fixer" Michael Cohen began to make a lot of money. 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 very 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". I'm closest to the president.

Wyden has also contacted Ken Blanco, who directs the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, requesting further information on transactions between Novartis and Essential Consultants, stating "the size and timing of these payments to Cohen, who has no apparent expertise in the healthcare industry, merit additional scrutiny".

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