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AT&T’s influence war hits a Michael Cohen-shaped wall

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen with his mouth agape
Michael Cohen. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In a matter of days, the Michael Cohen-AT&T affair has disrupted one of the most sprawling influence operations in Washington.

Why it matters: The scandal over AT&T’s payments to Trump attorney Cohen — which led the telecom to announce the retirement of its top lobbyist Friday — shakes up its war with Google and Facebook for regulatory wins and digital advertising dollars.