AT&T paid Trump lawyer for 'insights' on new administration

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09 May, 2018

AT&T, based in Dallas, made four payments of $50,000 apiece around the end of a year ago, according to Avenatti. The payments come from both obscure companies and well-known brands, foreign and domestic, including AT&T and Columbus Nova, several of which have extensive business before the US government.

"Following these payments, reports surfaced that Mr. Trump took a dinner meeting with the incoming CEO of Novartis before Mr. Trump's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in late January 2018".

The revelation comes as AT&T spars with the US Justice Department over the right to acquire Time Warner.

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Mr Avenatti named three companies, besides Columbus Nova, that he said transferred money into the account at First Republic. Another $200,000 came from AT&T, which has confirmed the payments to reporters covering the story, saying it paid for "insights into understanding the new administration".

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Cohen and his attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The report gave no indication of what services Cohen provided.

Giuliani said that any payments made by Cohen would not have violated federal election law because they would have been made to protect Trump's family or for other personal reasons unrelated to the campaign.

"The only crime that's going on here is blackmail", Steyn said. It also denied that Essential did any legal or lobbying work for the company. "Why was he engaged in these transactions?" One source said the warrant also referenced an investigation into wire fraud and bank fraud.

Cohen's company, according to the report, received large sums of money from companies with an interest in Trump administration business. Stephen Ryan, a lawyer representing Cohen, declined to comment.

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It's unclear whether Mr Avenatti obtained bank information, if it's accurate, as part of litigation involving Mr Trump, Mr Cohen and Ms Clifford over the non-disclosure agreement Mr Cohen negotiated.

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