Novartis top lawyer exits over payment to Trump lawyer

ZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis (NOVN.S) General Counsel Felix Ehrat will leave the company over his role in a $1.2 million contract the Swiss drugmaker struck with the lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, saying on Wednesday that it was legal but still an error.

FILE PHOTO: Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ logo is seen at the company’s plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein, Switzerland October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

The $100,000-per-month contract with Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s Essential Consulting, the same firm used to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to hush up an alleged affair with Trump, has distracted Novartis’s efforts to improve its image after a series of bribery scandals.

Trump has denied the affair.

Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields

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