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Trump calls out disgrace in reporting over false AT&T ‘pay-to-play’ scheme as CEO admits ‘BIG mistake’

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An attempt by the mainstream media to expose President Donald Trump as a member of the “swamp” backfired epically this week after he, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and his legal team turned the tables on them and exposed their swampy lies.

The failed attempt began with reports that the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pitched his consultation services to the telecommunications giant AT&T after the presidential election two years ago. Because Cohen works for Trump, the media therefore believes the president is involved in a “pay-to-play” scheme with AT&T.

“There is certainly plenty AT&T would like to get out of the Trump administration,” noted the far-left media outlet Vox, adding that AT&T is currently attempting to get a $85 billion merger with Time Warner approved through the Trump administration.

That point would be notable if it weren’t already known that, one, Cohen doesn’t work for AT&T anymore, and two, the Trump administration is virulently against the merger, as noted in a tweet Friday by the president:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/995088584221839360

He was correct. Last year his administration sued to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner.

“We believe, and our investigation has found, the merger would harm competition, resulting in higher bills and less innovation for millions of American consumers,” a Department of Justice official told reporters at the time.

If the president were accepting money from AT&T in exchange for favors, why would he then oppose a deal that stands to greatly benefit the telecommunications giant? It makes no sense.

Sanders noted during her press briefing Friday, “This further proves the president is not going to be influenced by special interests.”

“This is actually the definition of ‘draining the swamp. I think it’s pretty clear the Department of Justice opposed the merger, so the president or his administration hasn’t been influenced by any outside special interest.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined the president’s legal team, essentially posited the same point during an interview with The Huffington Post later that evening:

“Whatever lobbying was done didn’t reach the president. … The president denied the merger. They didn’t get the result they wanted,” he said.

Actually, there was never any “lobbying” work, according to AT&T, which reportedly released an internal memo Friday written by CEO Randall Stephenson.

And if anything, AT&T now regrets its decision to ever contract Cohen.

“There is no other way to say it — AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake,” Stephenson, before quickly adding that “everything we did was done according to the law and entirely legitimate.”

This in turn means the media’s cries of corruption are once again much ado about absolutely nothing.

Vivek Saxena

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