AT&T confirms it paid Michael Cohen's firm to cosy up to Trump

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In January, days after Novartis made its final payment to Essential, Trump dined with business leaders - including Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan - in Switzerland during the World Economic Forum.

Among those payments were $200,000 from AT&T, whose proposed merger with Time Warner is now before the courts after the Justice Department sued to block the sale. The Justice Department sued to prevent the merger in November of a year ago. That document cited "four payments in late 2017 and early 2018 totaling $399,920" from Novartis to Essential Consultants.

Korea Aerospace, which is seeking to sell its planes in the US, hired Cohen's entity for advice on local accounting standards and sent a single payment of $150,000 when the work was completed, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday, adding the contract was legal.

"They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017", the spokesman added.

"We're really pleased with the tax reform, but also very pleased with the great progress being made at FDA", Narasimhan told Trump, according to a transcript. Mr Cohen insists Ms Clifford has repeatedly violated the accord, but she argues it is invalid because Mr Trump did not sign the document.

AT&T confirmed that it had payed Michael Cohen in 2017 for "insights into understanding the new administration". In a news report Tuesday, Cohen is said to have received $500,000 through the same shell company he used to pay Daniels by a company tied to a Russian oligarch, Viktor Vekselberg. Michael Avenatti alleged that Cohen received half a million dollars from a company affiliated with Vekselberg in the months after the presidential election. Following this initial meeting, Novartis determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to United States healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further.

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"The problems for the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, just continue to mount", Napolitano observed. Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else other than Columbus Nova's owners were involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement.

Columbus Nova is correct that as a formal legal matter, the company is "owned by Americans".

But since the story broke on Tuesday evening, Columbus Nova has been aggressively pushing back on the Vekselberg connection.

However, it also claimed Vekselberg had nothing to do with the alleged payments.

A source who spoke to CNN said the money paid for "information about what made Trump tick" was actually higher than $200K. The donations were unusual for Intrater, who previously donated a combined $3,800 to two candidates, one Republican and one Democrat. According to Avenatti, Essential Consultants-the same LLC that Cohen used to pay Daniels $130,000 to remain silent about an alleged affair with Donald Trump-received payments from Viktor Vekselberg, who is targeted by US sanctions; AT&T, which is now engaged in an anti-trust lawsuit with the Department of Justice; and Novartis, whose C.E.O. met with Trump in January. Essential Consultants paid Daniels $130,000 in October 2016.

Representatives for Korea Aerospace did not respond to a request for comment. If any of those claims are not true, he may be guilty of bank fraud, in violation of laws that are created to hide money laundering. "What was Michael Cohen's business?"

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