Watch: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Asked If President Trump Is Embarrassed by Michael Cohen's 'Swampy Behavior'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced questions from the press yesterday as large companies admitted to entering into deals with a supposed shell company run by President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen.

When asked whether the president was concerned by the information being released around his lawyer, Sanders told reporters to put questions to Trump's outside counsel. When pressed on whether Trump is concerned that companies may have been paying Cohen while they had "business in front of the federal government," Sanders said she had not heard the president express any particular concerns.

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Asked if the president was "in any way embarrassed or ashamed" over what "seems to be the definition of 'swampy behavior,'" Sanders appeared instead to answer a question posed before on whether Cohen was qualified to provide insight into the administration.

The transactions with companies such as telecoms giant AT&T and drug maker Novartis prompted derision from Michael Avenatti, lawyer for adult actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels.

Avenatti claimed that the payments suggested that Cohen had been "selling access" to the president through Essential Consultants, an account that was similarly used to pay Daniels $130,000 over her allegations of an affair with Trump.

Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, said in a statement that they had entered into a year-long deal with Cohen "shortly after the election of President Trump, focused on U.S. healthcare policy matters."

"Priceless = Watching all of the companies that sent money to the LLC slush fund come up with different alleged reasons for hiring Mr. Cohen – 'accounting advice,' 'real estate consulting,' 'insight,' etc. Who knew Mr. Cohen was such a brilliant renaissance man?" Avenatti tweeted on Wednesday.