"If the decision goes against AT&T, if this merger is blocked, then we may see some other heads roll at AT&T... including the chairman", he said.
In the wake of the revelation of Cohen's link to AT&T, ranking Democrats on antitrust subcommittees in both the House and Senate sent a joint letter to the Justice Department's top competition enforcer, Makan Delrahim, asking whether he knew of the company's payments to Cohen during his agency's independent review of the Time Warner merger.
Cohen had reached out to AT&T even before Stephenson's huddle with the president, the person said.
AT&T and Novartis paid Mr. Cohen through the same vehicle, Essential Consultants LLC, that Mr. Cohen used in October 2016 to direct $130,000 to the former adult-film actress known professionally as Stormy Daniels to stay silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006.
I have been consistently critical of the anti-Trump establishment's obsession with Russia, Stormy Daniels, and all the nonsense that is peddled nonstop to detract from President Trump's growing tally of substantive achievements at home and overseas.
Sen. Ron Wyden asked Novartis's chief executive officer to explain what the Swiss drugmaker was hoping to achieve with its $1.2 million in payments to Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump.
He responded to the former New York City mayor's attack later Friday, posting a video from 2000 featuring Giuliani dressed in drag and performing a skit with Donald Trump at the Inner Circle Press Roast in Manhattan.
Still, AT&T and Time Warner executives believed the deal would receive DOJ approval, much like Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal did almost a decade ago.
The sources agreed to discuss the Cohen contract to address what they said are false media reports that Vekselberg was involved in Columbus Nova's decision to retain Cohen.
"On this occasion our Washington, D.C. group's vetting course of clearly failed, and I take accountability for that", Stephenson wrote. He called the hiring of Cohen a "big mistake".
Giuliani said the question of the interview would be resolved by May 17, the one-year anniversary of special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment, but "several things delayed us, with the primary one being the whole situation with North Korea". Critics have described what Cohen has been up to as "pay to play".
Quinn started with the Bell system as an operator for Illinois Bell in 1980, before AT&T was broken up by the Justice Department in a landmark antitrust action four years later.
"I know Alan Dershowitz", he said.
"This further proves the president is not going to be influenced by special interests".
Novartis mentioned in a press release that the corporate had only one assembly with Cohen after signing the deal and finally determined to not pursue any additional engagement, however they paid him the total quantity anyway.