Trump admits reimbursing lawyer who paid hush money to a porn star

Trump admits reimbursing lawyer who paid hush money to a porn star

"If DOJ investigates and determines that president Trump knew of his debt to Cohen when he filed last year's report, there will be reason to suspect that his omission of the debt from last year's report was 'knowing and willful, ' which would be a crime", Walter Shaub, the former head of OGE who is now the senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center said. In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Apol said the disclosure may be relevant to an investigation into the financial disclosure report Trump filed previous year, which did not disclose the no-interest loan.

A footnote to disclosures submitted to the Office of Government Ethics said Mr Cohen had incurred "expenses" on Trump's behalf in 2016 of between $100,001 and $250,000.

He added that he doesn't agree with the ethics office's contention that the payments had to be disclosed. The report said the president did not have to disclose the payment but was doing so "in the interest of transparency".

The documents released Wednesday by a U.S. government ethics body do not specify the reason for the payments to Cohen, who paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Al-Rumaihi told Cohen that Qatar expected to invest in Trump plans to solicit investment in a United States infrastructure programme, the Post reported.

Even before entering the White House, Trump's presidential campaign provoked concerns about conflicts of interest. About 36 after Giuliani first revealed that Trump reimbursed Cohen, the president distanced himself from his lawyer, telling reporters "he will get his facts straight" and "virtually everything that's been said has been said incorrectly". Ms Dillon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump admits reimbursing lawyer who paid hush money to a porn star
Trump admits reimbursing lawyer who paid hush money to a porn star

Al-Rumaihi was at Trump Tower as part of a Qatari delegation that included Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Thani, the Post said.

Company spokesman Eric Althoff said last week Novartis had entered into a one-year agreement with Essential Consultants in February 2017 - a month after Trump's inauguration - to focus on health care policy.

Mr Cohen, whose records relating to the settlement were seized in an FBI raid last month, is now reportedly under criminal investigation.

The ethics chief writes to Mr Rosenstein that "you may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing". According to ethics document, Trump's income was $25 million in 2017 and more than $15 million from the golf club.

His golf courses, including the president's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Springs, did not appear to see major gains, despite frequent visits from the president.

Trump's 2018 report - filed Tuesday and made public Wednesday - also provides insight into the president's still-vast real estate empire, which Trump continues to own while the day-to-day management is handled by his family. Unlike past presidents of both parties in recent decades, Trump has refused to release his tax returns.

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