After the Washington Post revealed that telecom giant AT&T paid Donald Trump's longtime attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen $600,000 to advise on their legally-dubious merger with TimeWarner, the company admitted it had made a huge mistake — and Twitter's response was a collective "no sh*t."
"Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these last few days and our reputation has been damaged," CEO Randall L. Stephenson wrote in a memo to the company's employees. "There is no other way to say it — AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake."
AT&T CEO puts out company memo saying: "hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake." https://t.co/D8Lbtzp1V1— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1526045977.0
"I would love to hear someone from AT&T and Novartis explain why it was a mistake to hire Michael Cohen, because it seems like the only honest response is 'Because we got caught,'" Pod Save America host Jon Favreau tweeted, referencing the other company that made headlines this week for working with the president's personal lawyer who was recently raided by the FBI.
I would love to hear someone from AT&T and Novartis explain why it was a mistake to hire Michael Cohen, because it… https://t.co/NqNc1fh1wf— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1526046985.0
"They’ve changed their story more times than Rudy Giuliani!" activist Amy Siskind wrote.
So is AT&T’s handling of the fallout. They’ve changed their story more times than Rudy Giuliani! https://t.co/rhebS5KTjr— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1526045753.0
Check out more responses below:
AT&T tells us more about their contract with michael cohen - and that robert mueller was interested in it. https://t.co/gwvVBBbfkE— kelly cohen (@kelly cohen)1526046364.0
No shit, Sherlock. And I believe illegal. https://t.co/yO4cQ90sYb— SandeeDee (@SandeeDee)1526047052.0
Can’t help but think we’re not getting the full picture given that, within this memo, we’re learning the Senior Exe… https://t.co/TIimMqyvwr— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1526048403.0
Need to apologize to the customers since they are using our money! https://t.co/s6MDy9q69c— uneekeye (@uneekeye)1526046748.0
AT&T Apologizes for Hiring Michael Cohen, Offers America $199 TriplePlay™ Bundle Plus Free Starz for 6 Months— Jason O. Gilbert (@Jason O. Gilbert)1526047716.0
“I take full responsibility, but Bob here, Bob’s gonna lose his job.” https://t.co/p20au3NSiK— David Bressler 🐘 💵 (@David Bressler 🐘 💵)1526048827.0
“we’re very sorry we got caught” https://t.co/60WnFGfOaL— kilgore trout (@kilgore trout)1526048502.0
When a CEO of a company this big puts out a preemptive release this soon... it means they are trying to stave off s… https://t.co/CMnCYXXG9l— Ed Solomon (@Ed Solomon)1526047995.0
Exploiting laws doesn’t make it legitimate. https://t.co/FUfYrXnnrx— SchindlersCat (@SchindlersCat)1526047179.0
Democrats shouldn't be counting on people just to figure out how corrupt this is. Someone should be thinking "How w… https://t.co/KiFKHnLhSG— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP)1526047850.0
What was the mistake AT&T is apologizing for? That Cohen couldn't deliver? The intent was the same #PayForPlay https://t.co/nuF3u8Z9Ov— Gavlar (@Gavlar)1526046225.0
They're literally only mad they got caught https://t.co/naQnqE7TBx— Joe Corrigan😷 (@Joe Corrigan😷)1526047706.0
@aliasvaughn Let's all make AT&T an example of getting into bed with mobsters and sink the company. https://t.co/eyjj2xk03p— Frank Galpin (@Frank Galpin)1526048883.0
AT&T's CEO on the Cohen deal https://t.co/szEYPU5aFA— BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER (@BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER)1526048596.0