Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves the US Courthouse in New York Camera IconUS President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves the US Courthouse in New
Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 03:09

The letter notes that the information should have been disclosed in the report signed June 14, 2017 (for the calendar year 2016).

"Fascinated by OGE's decision to make this referral public", he continued. Left wing senators have made this a political talking point in their line of attack against Trump, by tying Cohen's actions to the presidency.

Cohen is now under investigation for accepting payment from companies and others seeking access to the White House, as well as for the payment to Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump around a decade ago.

The documents were released by the US Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday. Last year's report showed he had $1.4 billion in assets. Over $100,000 of that total was for reimbursement of a payment Cohen made to a third party.

Representative Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said in a statement he is pushing for the panel to investigate the payments.

Donald Trump and his new lawyer Rudy Giuliani
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"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", a footnote in the filing reads.

CREW, a liberal-leaning watchdog group, filed a complaint with the ethics office that was referenced in Apol's letter. "That prior failure should be reviewed by the appropriate authorities". The value of the payment ranged from $100,001 to $250,000. He also said Trump paid Cohen far more than $130,000 - Cohen received around $460,000 or $470,000, Giuliani said, which included "incidental expenses" that Cohen had incurred on Trump's behalf. Daniels has sued to be released from her nondisclosure agreement.

The FBI on Monday raided the offices of Cohen, a move that Trump angrily denounced as a "disgrace" and "whole new level of unfairness".

This year's document will provide a more robust accounting of Trump's finances, and the state of his businesses, 15 months into his White House tenure. Trump spends time and vacations at both clubs and sells memberships to Mar-a-Lago. Al-Rumaihi apparently refused, but Jeff Kwatinetz, a former business partner of al-Rumaihi's in a basketball league co-owned with Ice Cube, said in a sworn deposition last week that al-Rumaihi asked him to offer a bribe from Qatar to Bannon, a friend, in January, and when Kwatinetz said no, al-Rumaihi laughed and asked, "Do you think Flynn turned down our money?"

While Trump's annual ethics disclosure reveals information about his personal finances, it lacks details of the sort found in an income tax return.

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