"I would refer you to the president's outside counsel to address those concerns", Sanders said at the daily press briefing.
AT&T Inc on Friday ousted its top lobbyist, and the No. 2 wireless carrier's chief executive said it was a "big mistake" to hire Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, for advice on working with the Trump administration.
He alleged that AT&T made payments totaling $200,000 - $50,000 a month for four months - to the consulting company set up by Cohen shortly before the 2016 election.
Indeed, multiple reports found that Cohen was explicitly selling his services to companies with the promise of "access" to Trump. Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. "If that foreign principal is non-governmental, a foreign agent may elect to register under the LDA in lieu of FARA".
Did Trump receive any of the money?
"Columbus Nova said it paid Cohen to help it with investments such as real estate".
Admissions by the companies themselves that they paid money into Trump attorney Michael Cohen's shell company verified the initial Avenatti allegations.
It alleged the funds "may have replenished the account following the ($130,000) payment to Ms Clifford". Vekselberg is one of two Russian oligarchs the FBI stopped earlier this year after their private jets landed in New York-area airports as part of Mueller's investigation. Called Columbus Nova, Vekselberg's firm paid $500,000 to Cohen's DE entity, which, as it had turned out, was used for hush money payments, including the payment made to Stormy Daniels.
Trump's Justice Department has sued to block AT&T from an $85 billion merger with Time Warner, saying it would hurt competition and consumers would have to pay more to watch their favourite shows.
Ma Bell does makes it clear that none of the money that it paid Essential Consultants in 2017 was used for legal work or lobbying.
"Neither Cohen nor Essential Consultants appears to be registered under FARA or the LDA".
Noting that the company ultimately agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with Cohen, STAT reported the "employee could not explain why Novartis would have agreed to a deal with a lawyer with no background in healthcare and without deep Washington ties".
A Democratic U.S. Senator called for hearings about the company payments to the firm run by Cohen, a longtime attorney and self-described "fixer" for Trump.
They said they wanted to "understand" the Trump administration and maintained what they did was standard procedure with a new government. In a statement the company says it "cooperated fully with the Special Counsel's office and provided all the information requested", according to Newsweek. The company said it was contacted by Mueller's office in November, though now considers its role in that inquiry closed. Another payment came from a Republican fundraiser who entered into a hush agreement with a Playboy playmate.
According to Avenatti, Essential Consultants LLC also took in more than $4 million since it was created at the close of the 2016 election.
"As the contract unfortunately could only be terminated for cause, payments continued to be made until the contract expired by its own terms in February 2018.", the spokeswoman said.
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