Trump Financials List Reimbursement to Michael Cohen

President Donald Trump reported having paid his personal attorney more than $100,000 as a reimbursement for a payment made

President Donald Trump revealed in his financial disclosure Wednesday that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified "expenses", with no mention of a $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual tryst she said they had.

He also claimed to have turned over his correspondence to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating if Trump's election campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of 2016 presidential poll. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone".

After the payment to Daniels was first revealed by the Wall Street Journal, Cohen acknowledged making the payment himself. CREW asked whether the omission was "knowing and willful", the term that would define a violation of the law.

"In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as "reportable liabilities" on part 8, in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen", according to page 45 of the disclosure report. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is now challenging the legitimacy of that agreement because it was never signed by Trump.

Michael Cohen had earlier said he gave up on the project in January 2016 after determining it "was not feasible for a variety of business reasons". "He previously denied any knowledge of the agreement or the payment - and did so aboard Air Force One on video".

However, Novartis also said it continued to pay Cohen $100,000 a month until February 2018. He said he had not been reimbursed by Trump's company or Trump's campaign. Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters on the reports. Apol's letter was released with the Trump disclosures.

Earlier this month, Rudy Giuliani - the former Mayor of NY who recently joined President Trump's legal team - revealed in a TV interview that Trump reimbursed Mr Cohen for a $130,000 payment used to keep Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, quiet about an alleged affair in 2006.

Shaub, who served as the ethics czar during President Barack Obama's second term, noted that Apol's letter to Rosenstein is tantamount to a "criminal referral".

Trump acknowledged in the disclosure form for the first time that he fully reimbursed Cohen past year for "expenses" ranging between $100,001 and $250,000.

Cohen has publicly acknowledged paying Daniels, saying he obtained the cash through a line of credit on his home.

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