Cohen Cashed in as a 'Trump Whisperer'

Novartis ended up paying $1.2M for one meeting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2018 5:44 AM CDT
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In this April 26, 2018 photo, Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Cohen made millions of dollars after the election as a "Trump whisperer," charging corporate clients large sums for insights into the thinking of the new administration—but it's still unclear whether his behavior was illegal or merely "swampy." Sources tell the Washington Post that after President Trump took office, Cohen boasted to potential clients that he spoke to Trump often and was still the president's personal attorney and "fixer." One associate says that in the summer of 2017 Cohen told him: "I'm crushing it." Analysts say Cohen, whose clients included a company linked to a Russian oligarch, could be in deep trouble if he promised government actions in return for cash. In other coverage:

  • A $1.2 million meeting. Drug company Novartis says it hired Cohen for $100,000 a month to advise it on the administration's approach to ObamaCare repeal and other issues—but it decided after a single meeting that he "would be unable provide the services" needed. The company still paid Cohen a total of $1.2 million because it had signed a one-year contract, the Hill reports. The company says it cooperated with Robert Mueller's investigation in November when it was asked about the Cohen payments.

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