Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump Lists Michael Cohen Payment on Financial Disclosure

Trump Lists Michael Cohen Payment on Financial Disclosure

President Donald Trump reported having paid his personal attorney Michael Cohen more than $100,000 as a reimbursement for a payment made to a third party, documents released on Wednesday confirmed.

President Donald Trump has filed a financial disclosure report that reveals a payment to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. 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.

"President Trump and Vice President Pence filed their financial disclosure forms with the Office of Government Ethics today, May 15", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said Tuesday.

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"Today, the President filed his annual financial disclosure report with OGE and it is now under review", a tweet from the ethics office said. The report says Trump did not have to disclose the payment but is doing so "in the interest of transparency". "The category of value would be $100,001 to $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero".

While not stating explicitly what the payments were for, Trump's lawyers have previously said that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 hush money payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels. The reimbursement was paid in full in 2017, and Cohen had requested the money for expenses incurred in 2016.

Former Department of Justice spokesperson Matt Miller described the letter as "essentially a criminal referral to DOJ for Trump making a false statement in a previous financial disclosure".

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Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani disclosed recently that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Apol's letter was released with the Trump disclosures.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has contended that Trump should have reported the reimbursement a year ago.

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