Wyden wants Novartis to "provide details and supporting documents explaining their business arrangement", commenting that the deal happened at the same time that "the company was negotiating with Medicare on pricing for a drug that costs almost half-a-million dollars to treat cancer".
In the end, AT&T says Cohen "did no legal or lobbying work" for the company, though they did pay his limited liability corporation Essential Consultants at least $200,000, and perhaps as much as $600,000. The questions come after Stephenson admitted in an email to employees last week that AT&T had entered a consulting contract with Cohen to "help us understand how the President and his administration might approach a wide range of policy issues important to the company, including regulatory reform at the FCC, corporate tax reform and antitrust enforcement".
John Oliver of Last Week Tonight gleefully went in on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Sunday - delivering joke after joke about the embattled attorney with all the enthusiasm of a kid eating a banana split. The president has denied Ms. Clifford's claims.
Wyden is not content with that explanation. The letter also states that the contract with Cohen is worth more than the amount paid to any single lobbyist during the first 15 months of the Trump administration. Novartis confirmed it all and said it regrets its actions. They pulled out of the Iran deal, which may turn out to be catastrophic. "Drug prices are already out of reach for too many American families, and drug companies need to be held accountable if they are breaking the law". I'm closest to the president. Specifically, they want to know how much AT&T paid Cohen's firm, as well as, which executives were involved in hiring Michael Cohen, and what the decision-making process was like in vetting Cohen's qualifications for the job he was hired to do. It was through Essential Consultants that AT&T retained Mr. Cohen.