Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump admits repaying lawyer $250000 who paid porn star

Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump admits repaying lawyer $250000 who paid porn star

The Office of Government Ethics disagreed with Trump's assessment on the form that the payment was not required to be disclosed and instead should have been reported on Trump's 2017 filing.

Cohen has admitted to having paid $130,000 to the adult film actress, Stephanie Clifford ― also known as Stormy Daniels ― after she went public about an affair that she claims to have had with Trump.

Mr Trump's claim began to unravel early this month, however, after Mr Rudy Giuliani, a new member of the President's legal team, said Mr Trump had reimbursed Mr Cohen for the sum paid to Ms Daniels - and the President himself subsequently acknowledged the repayment.

During an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," attorney Michael Avenatti said he is in talks with two women who allege they have agreements with either Trump or his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to stay quiet about an affair with the president.

Trump submitted his financial disclosure form Wednesday, which showed he made a payment to Cohen between $100,001 and $250,000 in 2017.

This is a developing story.

This year's report shows Trump paid Mr Cohen more than $100,000 for expenses incurred in 2016, although it does not specify the objective of the reimbursement. "I said I believe, but don't know for sure, that it's probably after the convention".

Mr Trump previously denied knowing of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.

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The payments have raised a number questions of ethics and campaign finance law: whether Cohen improperly combined his personal money with those of a client and whether the payment constituted a loan or contribution to Trump's campaign.

"You may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president's prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017."
He also said the decision was not related to Trump's presidential campaign.

Novartis was looking for help understanding the Trump administration's thinking and was referred to Cohen by a third party, Jimenez said, declining to name this person.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment to clarify the reason for Mr Trump's payment to Mr Cohen.

CREW, a liberal-leaning watchdog group, filed a complaint with the ethics office that was referenced in Mr Apol's letter. "Trump may be wondering today whether the information DOJ seized from Cohen's office included any emails or other documents showing he knew of the debt when he filed last year's report".

The form also shows the President's golf courses missed par previous year earning $67 million less than before he took office. However, two months after Trump signed the letter, Sater and Cohen were still waiting to hear back from their contacts in Russian Federation giving them the go-ahead to travel to the country.

Cohen told the House Intelligence Committee he left the project "for business reasons" in January 2016 in part because the Trump Organization couldn't get necessary government permissions in Russian Federation to build.

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