Giuliani Inserts Foot In Mouth, Says Trump "Denied" AT&T Merger

The ever-affable Rudy Giuliani has once again stuck his foot in his mouth regarding his old friend and new boss, Donald Trump.

In a Friday interview with the Huffington Post, Giuliani - seemingly in an attempt to defuse the Michael Cohen "consultancy" scandal - claimed that Trump "denied the merger" between AT&T and Time Warner, despite long-standing protocol designed to keep DOJ decisions independent from the executive branch in order to keep the department free of political influence by the White House. Apparently the previous administration didn't get the memo either.

Giuliani's statement comes on the heels of revelations that Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, accepted a $600,000 payment right after the inauguration for "insights" into President Trump's thinking.

"The president had no knowledge of it." Giuliani told the Post, adding "Whatever lobbying was done didn’t reach the president... He did drain the swamp ... The president denied the merger. They didn't get the result they wanted.

Cohen received $600,000 from AT&T, $1.2 million from Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis and $500,000 from an investment bank affiliated with a Russian oligarch, all following Trump’s unexpected election win in 2016.

Giuliani said Cohen’s business relationships did not contradict Trump’s campaign promises to end “pay-to-play” schemes and to “drain the swamp” because Cohen did not get for his newfound clients what they wanted. -HuffPo

Earlier in the week, AT&T said that they hired a company created by Cohen right after the inauguration - when it sorely needed government approval for the Time Warner deal, it hired a company created by Cohen in order to glean insights into the Trump administration.

AT&T's top Washington executive, Bob Quinn, said that Cohen didn't conduct any lobbying work for them - while CEO Randall Stephenson told employees that hiring Cohen was "a big mistake" in an internal memo circulated on Friday. While not-so coincidentally according to NBC News, was AT&T's Friday announcement of Quinn's sudden retirement.  

If in fact AT&T thought this would buy them an approval, one has to wonder if Cohen simply trolled AT&T for $600K and laughed all the way to the bank. They were about to acquire CNN after all - and in December of 2017 said they wouldn't sell the network to satisfy a DOJ demand before trying to close the $85 billion deal.

On the other hand - had AT&T agreed to sell CNN and the merger been approved, the Cohen payment would have the appearance of a successful "pay-for-play" deal.

AT&T says it was contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office in late 2017 and cooperated with the probe, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Our reputation has been damaged," wrote Stephenson in the Friday memo. "There's no other way to say it - AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake."

The FBI raided Cohen's office, hotel and home last month amid an active federal investigation. Since the raid, there have been several mysterious leaks of information from various media outlets - such as the release of his bank records, or the claim that he arranged a $1.6 million payoff to a former Playboy model in late 2017 who says she was impregnated by a top Republican fundraiser, "according to people familiar with the matter" (96 hours after the raid).

Elliott Broidy, a GOP donor, right, and his wife, Robin Rosenzweig (2014)

Michael Cohen, whose office, home and hotel room were raided by federal agents this week, arranged the payments to the woman on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee with ties to Mr. Trump, the people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Broidy, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, works on the Republican committee with Mr. Cohen, who is also a national deputy finance chairman. -WSJ

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and US Attorney of the office now investigating Cohen, assumed the lead on Trump's private legal team handling the Mueller investigation in the hope of wrapping it up as soon as possible. He said on Friday that he doubts Trump would be able to speak with the special counsel investigation before his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

He said the fact that Cohen has become involved in the probe shows that Mueller has been unable to make headway on the idea of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. He blamed much of Cohen’s involvement on adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her new lawyer, Michael Avenatti. They have been trying to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed promising not to discuss an affair she said she had with Trump a decade ago in return for $130,000. -HuffPo

Giuliani says that Cohen did nothing wrong. 

“They’re buying his advice. It can turn out to be good or bad,” he said. “There’s a lot of people in Washington who are paid for their advice." Which, of course, is the reason why Washington is just one giant "swamp" which Trump once upon a time vowed to drain.

Comments

Arctic Frost curbjob Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:50 Permalink

 

The problem with this article is it’s full of shit. It MAY be accurate that nixing the AT&T merger with Warner was the doing of the DOJ, but Trump on multiple occasions stated he was against the merger. It was “bad business” for America. Sorry, that’s no foot in “Uncle Fester’s” mouth it’s common sense. Name ONE SINGLE bit of evidence of Trump stumping for AT&T or ANY of the companies slimeball swamp rider Cohen conned. 

 

This is ALL on Cohen and ALL of Trump’s actions while in office prove it. Sorry, Deep State, you lose again! But I do commend you for your excellent job on making Rudy look like a grandstanding idiot. Unfortunately for you, we’ve known that for quite some time.

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Rodders75 brianshell Sun, 05/13/2018 - 12:09 Permalink

This is all smoke and mirrors / kabuki theatre to feign disorder and weakness, and confuse the enemy, before the criminal take down of Hitlery, Obamasshole and the rest of the corrupt cabal. Everyone on the left takes the Donald for a fool and now Giuliani for an ass-clown, but they'll strike hard, very hard against the libtards when the time is right. Have patience.

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Pumpkin Sat, 05/12/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

Building 7 fell into its own foot print, and what did Rudy ever say about it??  He doesn't look like an idiot, he looks like an evil sack of shit.

Endgame Napoleon radio man Sun, 05/13/2018 - 01:23 Permalink

Yes.

Bannon always seemed to be on the side of Deplorables.

I am not seeing the foot-in-the-mouth element since Trump did not approve that merger. Albeit, this is just one more bit of corporate manuveureing, revealing how little our votes mean in a country where bigly, cheap-labor-loving corporate interests of all kinds—not just AT&T— openly [seek] to dominate the political arena.

Lobbyists for huge corporations even write most of the bills for the US Congress. But these corporations are job providers, you say, and they (the corporations) are also people, as defined by the SCOTUS.

I, along with a conference table full of other college grads, attended one of those cheesy group interviews for an AT&T sales job, which paid $8.75 per hour about a decade ago. The pay has likely not risen much (if at all).

It would take 35 years of full-time work to make $600k at that job, not that the job offered full-time hours, although no one in that interview had access to unearned income from a spouse, child support that covered rent or welfare that covered rent and groceries and refundable EITC child tax credits up to $6,431 to boost up the paltry pay.

The person who conducted the interview recommended jobs in an upscale mall store that paid a couple of dollars more per hour to the older people with lots of sales experience whose time was wasted, as this company was not about to hire people old enough to need for wages alone to cover all household bills. 

Later, in an office job, I worked with a very young, frequently absentee single mom—the daughter of two illegal aliens with two children under the age of 3—who had worked that job while taxpayers paid her major household bills, like rent and groceries.

That is the only way it would be feasible unless you lived with your parents. You could work that job at $8.75 per hour part time, thereby staying under the earned-income limit for monthly welfare as a womb-productive, single earner. 

They are a massive company. Yet, they cannot afford to pay decent wages to citizens who, in the case of the good salesmen, work long hours and close a lot of sales. They can afford $600k payouts for insight that leads to nothing. 

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Arctic Frost curbjob Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:58 Permalink

 

“The President doesn’t get to approve corporate mergers . . . “

 

Which Trump’s opposition to the merger before DOJ made their decision was obvious to anyone who bothered to pay attention. Remember the MULTIPLE tweets against it? Remember the words of opposition in his stump speeches? Perhaps you don’t which is probably why you have no pay grade at all. 

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curbjob Arctic Frost Sun, 05/13/2018 - 12:37 Permalink

Lol.

Trump was insisting that AT&T divest CNN for the deal to be approve .. fuckall to do with anti-trust and everything to do with his personal grudge against CNN. 

The US Department of Justice told AT&T and Time Warner that they must sell Turner Broadcasting — which includes CNN

http://www.businessinsider.com/att-time-warner-deal-cnn-sale-department…

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Le_Zabroso Sat, 05/12/2018 - 23:26 Permalink

So Cohen was blowing smoke up ATT's ass, Cohen was a acting on his own--Rudy is such an idiot!!

 

Is there at least one news blog written by people who actually understand Machiavelli?

youshallnotkill Le_Zabroso Sun, 05/13/2018 - 00:52 Permalink

Cohen was acting on his own, but just by sheer coincidence in Davos Trump invited the Novartis CEO to an exclusive dinner, I am sure greasing Cohen's hand had nothing to do  with it.

Funny how that works.

Novartis isn't even on the list of Europe's fifty largest companies.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/10/we-made-a-mistake-novartis-ceo-tells-em…

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/three-indian-origin-ceos-dine…

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Arctic Frost youshallnotkill Sun, 05/13/2018 - 12:11 Permalink

 

You mean Davos that turned into a liberal festival celebrating Soro’s speech to take over the world? Yeah, that turned out to be a real beneficial nothing burger for Novartis. I won’t deny the likelihood of Cohen whispering in Trump’s ear in favor of his clients. I won’t deny the stink of it that Trump likely listened to some of it due to Cohen’s closeness to him. But you won’t convince me that Trump actively helped Cohen smooze a half million or so per company in a pay to play scheme. That doesn’t make sense a BILLIONAIRE business man is going to be impressed by a few hundred thousand here and a few hundred thousand there and risk everything he says he stands for.

 

All this proves is the swamp is deep and probably filled with as many Trump supporters as it is Clinton supporters. Are we actually surprised by that? I mean really? Let’s just celebrate the assholes are FINALLY getting caught BECAUSE Trump is the President of the United States. Just because its discovery is being laid bare because of the intense hatred for Trump, who gives a shit about that?

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VideoEng_NC Sun, 05/13/2018 - 02:19 Permalink

Politicians are tight lipped because of their shenanigans, Giuliani no longer falls into this category & is now a serious liability.  Regardless the intentions, it can be figured out later but as for now it’s exit stage right for Rudy.

JTBfromtheWL Sun, 05/13/2018 - 02:52 Permalink

The only thing these companies are sorry about is getting caught. We know damn well they've been paying politicians one way or another all along. $600k, $1.2m, this is stupid money. You don't suddenly wake up one day and make shady payments of this size just days after 'the need' arises. Well practiced at paying for 'political insight', bet on it.

driftr Sun, 05/13/2018 - 03:55 Permalink

Rudy is a corrupt co-conspirator of 911, and has zero credibility...that Trump would continue to have any connection to this proven liar, unfortunately, speaks volumes...