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Novartis Drawn Into Mueller Probe After Payments to Lawyer (2)

May 10, 2018, 12:02 PM

Novartis AG was drawn into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of suspected Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election after paying $1.2 million to a consulting firm led by Donald Trump’s lawyer.

The Swiss drugmaker said Wednesday that it had a one-year agreement with attorney Michael Cohen’s firm that began in February 2017 and was aimed at gaining insight into the administration’s health-care policy. The company quickly determined that Cohen’s firm would be unable to provide the services it anticipated and decided not to engage further, but was contractually bound to keep making monthly payments of $100,000.

Novartis said that ...

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