Giuliani contradicts White House on AT&T merger, then backtracks

Michael Cohen would go to prison before ratting out President Trump friend says

Michael Cohen exits the Loews Regency Hotel on May 11

"We didn't hire them", said Larry Solomon, a spokesman for AT&T.

"AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake", the CEO's letter stated, noting that everything was done according to the law.

Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Conference on Iran in Washington, D.C., on May 5, 2018.

AT&T said this week it engaged with Essential Consultants past year so Cohen could provide "insights into understanding the new administration" and added the company did not lobby for the telecommunications giant.

In a pair of Friday interviews, Rudy Giuliani went all in on claims that President Trump had no idea his personal attorney spent the early months of 2017 trying to earn clients by pitching his access to the White House.

"These revelations come at a critical point in the trial, but they are very unlikely to have any meaningful impact on the judge's ruling", said Gene Kimmelman, a former senior official for the antitrust division of the Justice Department and the president of nonprofit Public Knowledge.

AT&T never asked Cohen to set up meetings with anyone in the Trump administration, and he did not offer to do so, it said. "I think it's pretty clear the Department of Justice opposed the merger, so the president or his administration hasn't been influenced by any outside special interest".

"Whatever lobbying was done didn't reach the president", he added. The consulting fee went through a shell company Cohen also used to pay hush money to Daniels over her alleged affair with Trump.

Of Avenatti, Giuliani said, "I don't get involved with pimps".

"There is certainly plenty AT&T would like to get out of the Trump administration", noted the far-left media outlet Vox, adding that AT&T is now attempting to get a $85 billion merger with Time Warner approved through the Trump administration. "They didn't get the result they wanted", he said.

"People should recognize that he [Quinn] came to recognize it was a misjudgment - witness the fact past year that he terminated the contract, got out of it as fast as he could, and that's a point that's not being written right now as people pile on", the person said. It would be one of the biggest media deals ever if approved.

AT&T has said Cohen approached employees in the company's Washington office shortly after the election.

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 tweet comes as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders contradicts Rudy Giuliani's claim that the president "denied the deal" between AT&T and Time Warner. But there were persistent questions about possible political interference, especially in light of the president's well-publicized disdain for both CNN and attorney general Jeff Sessions. "They're paying a price, but they're doing the right thing". So did AT&T and Time Warner.

"I don't see how in any way he could sit down with Mueller", he said. He is expected to rule by June 12.

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