The head of the nation's ethics office is questioning why President Donald Trump didn't disclose a year ago that he owed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified "expenses".
Stormy Daniels' lawyer said Thursday that he is almost done confirming the accounts of two women who say they had sex with Donald Trump and then signed secrecy agreements that paid them even more than the $130,000 the adult film star received.
Trump's financial disclosure, released by the Office of Government Ethics, did not specify the objective of the payment.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly asked the government of Qatar for at least $1 million in exchange for access or insight into the Trump administration.
At the same time, prosecutors are investigating Mr Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, possible campaign law violations linked to a hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, and perhaps other matters related to Mr Trump's presidential campaign, a person familiar with the probe has said.
Trump listed the reimbursement to Cohen in his financial disclosure report.
In addition, the Office of Government Ethics released a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein saying that it had concluded that Trump was required to disclose this liability owed to Cohen.
The revelation puts to rest the ever-changing story about the payment, and shows both Trump and Cohen lied about it.
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"You may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president's prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017."
A NY attorney wants an order protecting the information the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized from Michael Cohen's office. because of attorney-client privilege and his fear that Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, is shady.
The official who released the suspicious-activity reports was aware of the risks, but said fears that the missing reports might be suppressed compelled the disclosure.
Cohen has repeatedly said the potential deal was dead in January 2016, but BuzzFeed News reported Thursday that Cohen and Sater were still working on the project well into Trump's campaign in 2016 and that a meeting between Trump and Putin in Russian Federation was not finally ruled out until July 2016. "You won't see daylight between me and the President", Giuliani said.
It shows President Trump paid back his former lawyer Michael Cohen between $100 and $250,000 for expenses in 2016.
It said the payments continued because the contract could not have been terminated. All my communications show I was tenaciously trying to get a supertall tower built and nothing else, ' Sater said.
A prior disclosure made past year covered a 16-month period and showed $37.3 million in revenues for Mar-a-Lago.