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Giuliani Opens His Mouth Again, Says Trump Denied AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Giuliani Opens His Mouth Again, Says Trump Denied AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Giuliani said he was trying to say that AT&T's payments to Cohen didn't sway Trump's personal point of view about the deal.

Stephenson, AT&T's chief executive, said Friday that the company had made a "big mistake" by hiring President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, to advise on the telecommunications giant's deal to buy Time Warner.

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

Rudy Giuliani, center, an attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves after speaking at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy at the Grand Hyatt, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Washington.

"They are basically tied up trying to answer Judge Ellis for the last week who has said do you or don't you have authority", Giuliani said.

AT&T maintains that Cohen did no lobbying but was paid for his insight into the administration.

In fact, AT&T says it's done exactly that with previous administrations too. The president denied the merger.

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"I can see why the Trump White House wants to concentrate its fire where the fire matters most", said Fleischer.

"Whatever lobbying was done didn't reach the president", Giuliani insisted to HuffPost. "They didn't get the result they wanted", he said. It's a sum that analysts say has not been worth the money so far. Its payments flowed into Essential Consultants, a company Cohen set up in the fall of 2016 to pay pornographic-film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 as part of a confidentiality agreement to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump. It would be one of the biggest media deals ever if approved.

Under AT&T's rules, Quinn had significant leeway to approve the Cohen contract because its $600,000 price tag did not trigger oversight from more senior executives, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal company practices.

Still, the new revelation in the Time Warner-AT&T merger saga hasn't shaken investor confidence in the potential union by much.

AT&T and Time Warner had suggested before the trial that the Justice Department's decision to block a merger of two companies that do not compete was influenced by presidential politics. 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. So did AT&T and Time Warner.

"At no time did I receive orders, instructions or directions relating to the transaction or the decision to file the complaint" from Trump, Sessions or their staffers, Delrahim said.

Leon is expected to deliver an opinion on the case by June 12.

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