Trump Form Lists Payment To Cohen, Lawyer Who Paid Stormy Daniel

17 May, 2018, 00:12 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his hotel in New York

Cohen made a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shortly before the November 8, 2016, presidential election in exchange for her staying silent about an alleged affair she had with Trump.

Earlier this week, Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal and Ron Wyden wrote to the CEOs of AT&T and Novartis suggesting that their companies' payments to Cohen "raise obvious questions about corruption".

The president's financial disclosure revealed for the first time that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, as reimbursement for payments to a third party.

In the wake of the remarks, critics said that Trump had still broken campaign finance laws because he had not declared the payment to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The US Office of Government Ethics released the 92-page document, which relates to the calendar year 2017.

Donald Trump at Shannon Airport in May 2014, after his purchase of the Doonbeg golf resort, and a long while before he became USA president. The reimbursement was paid in full in 2017, and Cohen had requested the money for expenses incurred in 2016.

The 92-page report lists Mr. Trump's more than 200 property holdings, including Trump Tower in NY and his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, valued at more than $50 million. "Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen", the report said.

In the letter, the head of the OGE, David Apol, reiterates that his office has concluded the debt to Cohen was "required to be reported". Daniels says she had an affair with the president. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said during a Fox News interview that the president had repaid Cohen. "It is absolutely stunning that we've reached the point where the President of the United States appears to have lied to U.S. Office of Government Ethics about a payoff to a porn star".

Still, the disclosure provides the first extended look at the performance of Trump's Washington hotel, which opened in September 2016 and has become a magnet for lobbyists and Republican aides. Still, Trump can take back control of the trust at any time and he's allowed to withdraw cash from it as he pleases.

The disclosure shows Trump had at least $511 million in income in 2017, according to Bloomberg.



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