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Ron Wyden of OR, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, who sent a separate letter Friday to Cohen regarding the payments from Novartis to his shell company Essential Consultants. As we report every week on SwampWatch, the basic, corrupt business of Congress goes on uninterrupted. The disclosure of these payments has triggered a pay-to-play scandal that has merged with the Trump-Russia scandal and the Stormy Daniels affair.

"And Patton Boggs has a long history of lobbying and being involved between companies and the US government, that's a very unusual relationship to have been formed right after the election", Avenatti said.

Randall Stephenson, the chief govt officer of AT&T, wrote in a company-wide letter to workers on Friday that the telecom large made "a critical misjudgment" in its resolution to rent President Donald Trump's private lawyer Michael Cohen as a guide final yr.

"What's unfortunate is the company and the individual who was retained because Michael Cohen is in trouble", Cohen said.

The company needed government approval for its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc. and knew little about the new president, who had criticized the deal on the campaign trail.

Now Korea Aerospace says it hired Cohen for advice on accounting practices. As Mother Jones reported this week, Columbus Nova has numerous and deep financial ties to Vekselberg and Renova.

On Jan. 12, 2017, Cohen and AT&T's chief executive, Randall Stephenson, were both seen visiting Trump Tower in NY, days before the contract with Essential Consultants was signed.

Some outside analysis, moreover, suggests the deal should have been approved.

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While moving, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided hotel rooms where Lee was staying in Hawaii and Virginia. In 2012, Lee and his family moved from Hong Kong to northern Virginia.

The email comes a day after Avenatti released another email from Cohen - which he did to show Cohen was claiming to be the "Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump" as recently as April. In October of 2016, when AT&T announced its bid to buy Time Warner, then-candidate Trump said he opposed the deal, and has since maintained that position, saying the deal is "not good for the country." This may, in fact, be more a reflection of how some corporations were really desperate to find somebody who could give them insight into an administration that didn't have Republican establishment figures here.

The internal memo also said that Senior Executive Vice President Bob Quinn "will be retiring".

The AT&T chief also said Sr. They say that they cooperated with Mueller's team and consider the matter closed.

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But remember, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's hotel room, his office, his home last month.

But he questioned how Mr. Cohen, who has no background in communications or antitrust law, could have helped the company. He worked as his fixer. That specific revelation further proves the president is not going to be influenced by special interests, Sanders insisted, adding, "This is actually the definition of draining the swamp".

SIMON: NPR's Ryan Lucas, thanks so much.