President Trump discloses payment to lawyer in financial report

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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.

In 2016, porn star Stormy Daniels accepted a payment of $130,000 to not discuss her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

The latest ethics disclosure did not describe the goal or the recipient of the original 2016 payment to a "third party" made by Cohen, for which he was reimbursed by Trump.

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

Glynn, who served as the general counsel at the Office of Government Ethics from 1997 to 2008, said the letter to the Department of Justice is significant and unusual and that if Trump intentionally filed an inaccurate disclosure past year, he may have violated the law.

Trump's acknowledgment that he reimbursed Cohen puts the president "at the middle of all of the campaign finance violations", said Paul S. Ryan, head of litigation at Common Cause.

"The payment to her took place in 2017", he said, before unsurely correcting himself: "No, the reimbursement was in 2017".

The Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president frequently escaped for winter weekends, collected more than $25 million last year, down from $37 million from last year's report. The second missing report covered June 2017 to September 2017, and included more than $2 million in suspicious transfers. "It may be that someone reached out to fincen to ask to limit disclosure of certain sars related to an investigation, whether it was the special counsel or the Southern District of NY". OGE has concluded that, based on the information provided as a note to part 8, the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported as a liability. "I have never seen something pulled off the system", they said.

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The disclosure of Trump's payments to his lawyer came the same day a Senate intelligence panel released thousands of pages of testimony from its probe into a meeting between the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer who offered to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

The hush-money payment to Daniels is reportedly a focus of a federal investigation into Cohen's private finances and business interests.

Other properties have not fared as well, including Trump National Doral, a golf resort near Miami, which is Trump's biggest cash flow generator.

The Ukraine-born Vekselberg is the founder and president of Russia's largest conglomerate, the Renova Group, which has enabled him to become one of the country's wealthiest men-worth an estimated $13.5 billion as of 2015.

The figures are before expenses and so give no indication of how much profit the president made off the properties. "He had donated something close to $100 million, what's another $100,000?" Trump owes Deutsch Bank as much as $175 million.

At one point during Giuliani's interview with Laura Ingraham, the former New York City mayor was asked to respond to critics who have taken note of the White House's inconsistent statements about the timeline of the hush payment to Daniels. Mr. Trump is also still picking up a Screen Actors Guild pension of almost $65,000 from his years as a reality TV host and sometime bit player in movies.

The owners of struggling hotels in Toronto and NY have paid the Trumps millions of dollars to remove their name from the properties after the election.

Though it was published three decades ago, his book The Art of The Deal previous year generated as much as $1 million.

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