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Senators Query AT&T CEO on Michael Cohen Payments, White House Contacts

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John Oliver Last Week Tonight

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".

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of CT, and Ron Wyden of OR sent a letter to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson asking questions about the $600,000 in payments the company made to Cohen past year. 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.

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

Uber's office was "bemused", the person said. Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shared documents showing AT&T paid the company $200,000.

Sadler called the senator's daughter Meghan McCain on Thursday to apologize for the remark, a source close to the situation told CNN, although it's unclear what her response was.

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

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed a chaotic week at the White House, from chief of staff John Kelly's comments about immigrants to Michael Cohen's mounting legal troubles. Cohen's contract did not permit lobbying without first notifying AT&T, and that never occurred, Stephenson said in his letter. But he also mentioned that Bob Quinn, head of AT&T's public policy, who had been with the company for more than 30 years, was stepping down immediately after the payments had been made public. So, you wanna know how the Trump administration works?

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Cohen, Trump's lawyer and "fixer", pitched Uber but was repeatedly denied.

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