"Bemused" Uber repeatedly turned down Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen

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In a letter to CEO Narasimhan, Wyden challenges the hiring of Cohen, pointing out that Cohen is not a lobbyist, and that Essential Consultants is not a healthcare policy consultancy; it is, according to its claims, a real estate consulting company.

Novartis said in a statement last week that special counsel Robert Mueller's team had contacted the company in November 2017 about his deal with Cohen's Essential Consultants, and that it had "cooperated fully" and "provided all the information requested".

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"AT&T had a significant financial interest in key administration decisions, including whether the Department of Justice would contest the proposed merger with Time Warner, whether the Federal Communications Commission would overturn net neutrality rules, and whether the Administration would push a tax plan that gave huge breaks to corporations like AT&T", they said.

Mr. Cohen repeatedly pitched Uber, which said no, citing Mr. Cohen's ownership of NY taxi medallions as a potential conflict of interest with the ride-hailing firm, a person close to the company said. The money was in return for her silence about the affair, her attorney Michael Avenatti says. Unnamed sources later told CNBC that the amount could be closer to $600,000.

On Friday, Stephenson said that the payments to Cohen were a "big mistake" and the company's top lobbyist in D.C., Bob Quinn, would be retiring.

Oliver explained the recent revelations about Cohen, including that he sold access to the president for millions of dollars, and that, for better or worse, he didn't necessarily deliver on that promise. It hasn't commented on how much was paid to Cohen's firm. The New York native managed to pull in at least $2.95 million from companies across various industries through his firm, Essential Consultants. It also wants in-depth details of each payment, copies of contracts with any lobbyists, advisors or consultants that may relate to the Trump administration and healthcare. The senators said the payments "raise obvious questions about corruption and whether AT&T, Essential Consultants and the Trump administration were engaged in a pay-for-play operation".

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