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In an unexpected twist, Novartis has gotten caught up in the messy investigation into Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney.

The drug maker confirmed it entered into a previously undisclosed agreement last year with Essential Consultants, which is reportedly a shell company that Cohen used to make payments for various matters.

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  • How can $20 USD make a difference to a company like Novartis? (Of course, if you have ever filled out an expense form for one of the mega-pharma’s, you know it does … but I digress.)
    The exact figure mentioned for the 4 payments is fascinating – “each one totaling $99,980” – just $20 less than …..
    Our scribe can be forgiven for rounding the total to $400K USD because after all, with that much money, a difference of $80 USD is ‘just a rounding error’ (Or valid by ‘the rule of 5’s’) – except, of course, that it was no error at all but absolutely intentional!

    • I wonder if a $100,000 expenditure would require a higher level approval or review.

  • Trump was right:
    drug companies really do go away with mur …ehm … paying of porn stars!

    That actually explains why Trump for once repaid his lawyer!


    • of course the $99,980 question is, what services? As far as I can tell, Cohen seems to provide a limited range of those.

    • Then they would have paid him directly, not a shell company for an amount brought down by $20 to avoid triggers if he was their lawyer.

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