AT&T made ‘big mistake’ by hiring Trump lawyer as political consultant

AT&T on Friday said it made a “big mistake” by hiring Trump attorney Michael Cohen (pictured) as a political consultant, US media report. The company removed its senior executive vice president in Washington Bob Quinn who oversaw Cohen’s $600,000 contract last year. CEO Randall Stephenson said Cohen was hired as a political consultant days after Trump’s election to offer insights into understanding the new administration. The arrangement was legal but the company’s association with Cohen proved to be a “serious misjudgement”, Stephenson said. The payments to Cohen went to the same shell company Cohen used to pay in hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels who alleges she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. Cohen’s contract required him to consult specifically on AT&T’s merger with Time Warner that requires federal approval.  A federal judge is yet to decide on it. AT&T said Cohen approached them soon after the presidential election saying he was leaving the Trump Organisation and going to work as a consultant for a select few companies on the new president and his administration.