Trump acknowledges Cohen payment on disclosure form

Source: The Hill | May 16, 2018 | Jordan Fabian

President Trump officially acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he paid his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, more than $100,000 in order to reimburse him for expenses he incurred during the 2016 election.

Trump’s financial disclosure, released Wednesday by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), did not list the specific reason for the payment. 

But Cohen has said he paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence about her allegations she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. 

The White House has said Trump denies the encounter took place.

The OGE said the payment should have been included on the disclosure form Trump filed last year, which showed his assets and liabilities from the previous 16 months.

“OGE has concluded that the information related to the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported and that the information provided meets the disclosure requirement for a reportable liability,” the office said in a note on the 2017 form.

OGE flagged the omission in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in case he “may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry” the Justice Department is pursuing. 

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Trump filed the form on Tuesday, just ahead of the legal deadline to submit it. OGE reviewed the document and made it public Wednesday afternoon.

The president had denied knowledge of the payment until last month, when he admitted to repaying Cohen after Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani revealed the reimbursement during a Fox News interview.

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