Trump repaid Stormy money to lawyer

18 May, 2018, 15:55 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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President Trump's financial disclosure, released on Wednesday, included for the first time repayment of more than $100,000 to his personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, in 2017, raising questions about whether Trump's sworn filing from a year ago improperly omitted the debt.

Cohen, Trump's longtime attorney and personal fixer, had his Manhattan office, home and hotel room raided by FBI agents last month as part of a criminal investigation launched by federal prosecutors in NY.

Those revelations were part of by the attorney who is suing Cohen and Trump on behalf of adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Avenatti's constant appearances on cable television have earned him the moniker of being a thorn in President Donald Trump's side, as he has brought Daniels' lawsuit against Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen into the public square.

It shows President Trump paid back his former lawyer Michael Cohen between $100 and $250,000 for expenses in 2016.

The Office of Government Ethics, which oversees the financial-disclosure documents, said in its own footnote that it had concluded Trump had to report the payment to Cohen in a section that detailed Trump's legal liabilities over the course of 2017 and the first half of 2018.

Qatar turned down Mr Cohen's offer, made weeks before Mr Trump's inauguration, the Post said, citing several people with knowledge of the situation.

A Qatari diplomat - who told the Post about Cohen's offer - said the lawyer offered to find US infrastructure projects for Qatar to sponsor in exchange for the $1 million.

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The payment is under investigation by federal prosecutors in NY.

Al-Rumaihi told the Post that Mr Cohen made the solicitation in early December at the Peninsula Hotel in NY, an account Mr Siegfried confirmed. The White House did not respond to requests for comment to clarify the reason for Mr Trump's payment to Mr Cohen. Apol's letter was released with the Trump disclosures.

Rumaihi said in a telephone interview Wednesday that Cohen first asked for the money, and Rumaihi refused, several days before the Trump Tower meeting, when the two saw each other at the Peninsula Hotel in NY.

"They funneled through a law firm, and the President repaid it", Giuliani said.

They later spoke again outside a meeting in Trump Tower in NY on December 12, 2016, where al-Rumaihi was part of a Qatari delegation that included Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Thani, the Post reported. Avenatti refused to discuss the timing of the payments specifically, but said "they may prove to be problematic" for Trump. The second report that the official was unable to locate, which investigated a three-month period between June and September of 2017, found suspect transfers totalling more than two million dollars.

The disclosure also shows President Trump's current net worth at $3.1 billion.

"That is absolutely equivalent to a criminal referral, particularly because it's the Office of Government Ethics that decides what does or doesn't need to get reported", Noti, who is also former Associate General Counsel for the FEC, said.




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