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

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

President Donald Trump acknowledged that he has repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen for expenses Cohen occurred during the 2016 presidential election, according to his financial disclosure forms released Wednesday.

Ethics office sending letter to Rod Rosenstein stating that Michael Cohen's payment on behalf of Trump was a debt and may be relevant to "any inquiry" Rosenstein may be pursuing. Trump, who has denied having a sexual relationship with Daniels during his marriage to First Lady Melania Trump, said earlier this month that he reimbursed Cohen.

The acting director of OGE, David J. Apol, concluded that Trump's report "meets the disclosure requirements" - the outside group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had filed a complaint that Trump's 2017 form had improperly omitted a "loan" from Cohen - but noted that making that debt public "is required". A footnote in tiny type on page 45 of the 92 page document says the president "fully reimbursed" Cohen for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000.

Cohen has admitted to having paid $130,000 to the adult film actress, Stephanie Clifford ― also known as Stormy Daniels ― after she went public about an affair that she claims to have had with Trump.

Trump's latest form said the reimbursement was being reported "in the interest of transparency", though it did not have to be disclosed as a reportable liability.

Trump submitted the form on Tuesday, the deadline for administration employees to file their financial documents.

On May 2, Rudy Giuliani, the former NY mayor who joined Trump's personal legal team in April, said that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

Last year's disclosure revealed that Trump's total income from January 2016 through January 2017 was somewhere between $600 million and $650 million.