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

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

President Donald Trump has submitted his annual financial disclosure with the Office of Government Ethics, the agency tweeted on Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the form contains details about the $130,000 hush payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

"In 2016, expenses were incurred by one of the Donald J. Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen", reads the form, which was released by the Office of Government Ethics.

Cohen has previously said he paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 as part of a settlement and non-disclosure agreement reached just before the election in 2016.

Trump said he was listing the reimbursements to Michael Cohen - first made public by lawyer Rudy Giuliani two weeks ago - "in the interest of transparency", even though he said he was not required to disclose them.

Trump's new disclosure statement did not describe the objective or the recipient of the 2016 payment made by Cohen.

A footnote in tiny type on page 45 of the 92 page document says the president "fully reimbursed" Cohen for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000.

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

The Office of Government Ethics has also concluded that the payment to Cohen "meets the disclosure requirement for a reportable liability".

Mr. Ehrat, who has been Novartis' group general counsel since 2011, made the decision to retire "in the context of discussions" surrounding the payment to President Trump's personal lawyer.

Trump's latest disclosure filing said Cohen incurred the expense in 2016 and that Cohen "sought reimbursement" in 2017. Apol's letter was released with the Trump disclosures.

Trump, his campaign and Cohen have all denied any wrongdoing. The disclosure was not included in Trump's 2017 filing. For instance, it showed that Trump received more than $25 million in income in 2017 from Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, and more than $15 million in income from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The ethics disclosure also contained information on Trump's personal businesses.

Trump has been secretive about his personal finances.