U.S. President Donald Trump addresses reporters as he drives from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington to Minnesota on September 30, 2020.
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Large corporations distanced themselves from a Washington, DC adviser and Trump ally who launched a vulgar assault on Senator Kamala Harris during the Vice Presidential Debate Wednesday night.
Harlan Hill, an attorney for President Donald Trump, is the head of the Logan Circle Group. The company’s website states it is a “boutique public relations and policy advice company” and lists a number of clients under the title “Trusted by the best.”
Corporate giants like American Airlines and AT&T are among them. There are also political organizations, including the Trump campaign and the California Republican Darrell Issa’s House campaign.
Hill, who has been an occasional guest on Fox News in the past, gave Harris a vulgar name on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Kamala Harris comes out as such an unbearable lie b —-. Sorry, it’s just true,” Hill tweeted. He initially did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
After the story was published, Hill said he worked for AT&T and American Airlines both directly and through so-called “consulting partners”.
“In my 10 years of consulting, I’ve worked for all of the companies featured on the Logan Circle Group websites – either directly or through consulting partners. If I am released from our NDAs, I will be happy to discuss the details of those campaigns,” said Hill opposite CNBC.
Hill is no longer allowed appear on Fox News, the network said Thursday.
Both American Airlines and AT&T distanced themselves from him on Thursday, urging him to stop using their name and logo on his website.
“We haven’t found any record of this person working for us, and he certainly never will in the future. We contacted him and requested that he remove our name and logo from his website,” said Jim Greer, a AT&T spokesman, opposite CNBC.
American Airlines told CNBC that it had found no record of working with Hill. Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln project, retweeted Hill’s tweet about Harris and asked AT&T and American Airlines if they would be comfortable with Hill representing him. “You’re right,” the airline tweeted from its account. “We will not tolerate it. We just asked Mr. Hill to stop using our name and logo. He does not represent us and never will.”
Hill has also seen setbacks from other groups he has connections with on his website.
Child Justice, a nonprofit that, according to its website, provides “free legal services to protect children lost in the system after domestic violence, physical / sexual abuse, drug addiction, or neglect,” is also on Hill as an organization’s website, who trusts him.
The group’s executive director, Eileen King, told CNBC that the group hired Hill years ago to help build a new website, but hasn’t done any work on it since.
After being informed that Hill attacked Harris, King said her group might consider asking him to remove his name entirely from his website now. In addition, the work he did on the website is not great.
“It was kind of anyway. Nothing terrible. Nothing too big. I don’t think he had any particular interest or compassion for our cause,” she said.