This is the second big story breaking today. CNN reports AT&T confirmed Tuesday evening that it says it paid President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen at least in 2017 and, according to CNN possibly 2018, for what it calls “insights into understanding the new administration.” The payments were revealed by Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti.
At the time of the payments, the AT&T-Time Warner merger was hanging in the air. Trump originally opposed it. (On a side note, Variety is reporting on that merger today that the Justice Department is requesting AT&T take DirecTV or Turner out of the merger deal.)