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Novartis top lawyer exits over payment to Trump lawyer

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(Reuters) - 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.

The $100,000-per-month contract with Trump Michael Cohen's Essential Consulting, the same firm used to pay porn star $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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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 10:49 IST