Companies seeking insight into Trump paid for Cohen’s views

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney is facing scrutiny for selling his Trump World experience and views at a hefty price to companies seeking “insight” into the new president.

The attorney, Michael Cohen, is already under investigation for a payment to a porn star who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump years before his election.

One company, pharmaceutical giant Novartis, has acknowledged it paid Cohen $1.2 million for services, though they ended after a single meeting. Others, including some with major regulatory matters before the Trump administration, acknowledge payments totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars over at least several months.

The corporate ties could suggest Cohen was peddling his influence and profiting from his relationship with Trump. They also raise questions about whether Trump knew about the arrangement.