Giuliani vs. the White House on the AT&T-Time Warner lawsuit

Giuliani vs. the White House on the AT&T-Time Warner lawsuit

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

Giuliani told ABC News Saturday that the president also had no idea that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen was being paid by AT&T and other companies.

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

An attempt by the mainstream media to expose President Donald Trump as a member of the "swamp" backfired epically this week after he, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and his legal team turned the tables on them and exposed their swampy lies. It was through Essential Consultants that AT&T retained Cohen.

Now, Giuliani has suggested Trump in fact was central to that decision.

Quinn started with the Bell system as an operator for Illinois Bell in 1980, before AT&T was broken up by the Justice Department in a landmark antitrust action four years later.

Cohen had reached out to AT&T even before Stephenson's huddle with the president, the person said.

Giuliani told The Huffington Post on Friday, "The president denied the merger". 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.

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The assertion that "the president denied the merger" flew in the face of everything the government has previously said about the deal.

His comments about AT&T are notable because a political cloud has been hanging over the deal since day one.

On Friday, AT&T said Cohen "approached" Quinn's office "during the post-election transition" period and said he would leave the Trump Organization to do consulting work for companies that wanted insight.

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.

As a candidate, Trump spoke out against the deal, calling it one "we will not approve" and critics have speculated the president personally wants it to fail because of his dislike for CNN, which is owned by 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. By October, they thought the thumbs-up was right around the corner. So did AT&T and Time Warner.

They were wrong. In November, the DOJ went to court to block the deal, alleging that the combination of the two companies would give AT&T too much power in the marketplace.

"I don't see how in any way he could sit down with Mueller", he said.

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

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