Novartis paid Trump lawyer's firm $1.2 million for advice

AT&T Chief Calls Hiring Michael Cohen as Consultant a 'Big Mistake'

AT&T Chief Calls Hiring Michael Cohen as Consultant a 'Big Mistake'

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, faced growing scrutiny Wednesday following revelations that a shell company he established received millions of dollars from a Russian oligarch and corporations seeking White House access.

Cohen created "Essential Consultants", a Delaware LLC, in October 2016, just before the election.

"With the recent change in administration, Novartis believed that Michael Cohen could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain US health care policy matters, including the Affordable Care Act", Novartis said.

Novartis said it had been contacted by Mr Mueller's office and had co-operated fully. Russian Federation denies election interference allegations, while Trump also has denied any collusion. But it's hard not to jump to the most straightforward conclusion: Cohen's one and seemingly only "asset" to offer Novartis was the President's receptive ear. Novartis agreed to retain the lawyer's firm in hopes of gleaning insights into the new regime, the source said.

The multinational drug company Novartis also made huge payments to the Cohen-Trump operation.

Several of those companies, including AT&T, the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, among others have confirmed their payments to Essential Consultants.

The Avenatti document revealed a series of payments to Essential Consultants beyond the "hush money" payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Cohen "contacted us after the new administration was in place", a Novartis official told NBC News.

Cohen's attorneys argue that Avenatti, in his report, used bank records and information about a Michael Cohen who is a Canadian in Tanzania and another Michael Cohen in Israel.

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Delmar told ABC News that the Treasury IG inquiry stems from a report in the New York Times on Tuesday that appeared to include the same information Avenatti released.

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The Swiss company said on Wednesday it had been approached in November past year by the U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office who wanted to know about the payments, while probing potential meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Those issues included regulatory matters at the Federal Communications Commission, corporate tax reform and antitrust enforcement, the company said, adding that companies commonly hire consultants for such purposes around the time a new president takes office.

The firm gave a similar statement to HuffPost, which first reported the distancing of the firm from Cohen.

Avenatti hit back, emphasizing that Cohen's attorneys did not dispute elements of Project Sunlight he says are most damaging to Cohen. According to the health care trade publication Stat News, Cohen had promised Novartis access to Trump and his inner circle.

According to The Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, sought information last November about the connection between Novartis and Essential Consultants.

In its statement, Novartis said it engaged Essential Consultants before the company's CEO, Vas Narasimhan, took the helm earlier this year. Shortly after the payments a senior Novartis executive dined with Mr Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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