Felix R. Ehrat, the senior lawyer for the Swiss drugmaker, said that he was leaving the company in June after co-signing the agreement to pay $1.2 million to a firm owned by Michael Cohen, a personal attorney for President Trump. Novartis has said it hired Essential Consultants to get advice on how the Trump administration might approach U.S. health-care policy matters.
Ehrat said in a statement that while the contract was legally in order, “it was an error.”
The retirement comes days after AT&T said the top executive in its Washington office was leaving over a consulting deal the telecom giant had with Cohen. AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson called the deal a "big mistake."