AT&T chief lobbyist out after hiring Trump attorney Michael Cohen

SHARE AT&T chief lobbyist out after hiring Trump attorney Michael Cohen
ap18131533356017.jpg

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says the company made a “big mistake” in hiring President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen as a political consultant. | AP file photo

NEW YORK — The chief lobbyist for AT&T is leaving the company after overseeing a $50,000-per-month contract for President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen to serve as a political consultant.

In a memo to employees, AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson said that Bob Quinn, senior executive vice president of the external and legislative affairs group, will retire.

Stephen said that the company made a “big mistake” in hiring Cohen as a political consultant. While everything the company did was legal, Stephenson said that the association with Cohen was “a serious misjudgment.”

Stephenson noted that the company’s reputation has been damaged and that the vetting process used by its team in Washington “clearly failed.” The Washington team had hired Cohen under a one-year contract that paid $50,000 a month.


RELATED

AT&T-Time Warner deal will hurt consumers: Justice Department says

Treasury investigating how Michael Cohen’s bank records got out

FBI probing Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s ‘personal business dealings’


The Justice Department is seeking to block AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner on the grounds that it would stifle competition. AT&T disagreed, sending the battle into a federal trial. U.S District Judge Richard Leon is expected to issue a ruling next month.

Cohen, according to AT&T, said that he was leaving the Trump organization to do consulting for a “select few” companies that wanted his opinion on the president and the administration.

The company was contacted by investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller, it provided “all information requested in November and December of 2017.

There has been no communication with Mueller’s office since then, the company said.

The Latest
Federico Navarro scored the game’s only goal, helping the Fire beat the top team in the Eastern Conference.
“We are trying to embrace every moment, every minute of every show, trying to really try to be present,” James says of the band’s new tour.
Richard Uihlein, another billionaire GOP megadonor, saw much better returns for his buy-in to state Sen. Darren Bailey’s winning campaign, at a rate of about $38 per vote.
With his reelection battle immediately in full swing, Pritzker will transition from luring Republican primary voters to vote for Bailey to tying the state senator from southern Illinois to the former president.
A warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham — identified as “Mrs. Roy Bryant” on the document — was discovered last week.