Donald Trump has disclosed a payment to Michael Cohen in his new financial report


President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure, released Wednesday, revealed for the first time that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as reimbursement for payments to a “third-party.”

The disclosure, released by the Office of Government Ethics, did not specify the purpose of the payment. However, Cohen has paid $130,000 to an adult film actress, Stephanie Clifford, who has claimed she had an affair with Trump.

Cohen has said he made the payments to keep the actress, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, from going public before the 2016 election with her story about an affair with Trump.

A footnote in the disclosure said that Cohen had requested reimbursement of the expenses incurred in 2016 and Trump had repaid it in full in 2017. It did not give an exact amount of the payment but said it was between $100,001 and $250,000.

Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had said previously that Cohen was paid $460,000 or $470,000 from Trump, which also included money for “incidental expenses” that he had incurred on Trump’s behalf.

A letter accompanying the report sent to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, from the government ethics office’s acting director, said that the Office of Government Ethics had determined “the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported as a liability.”

In this April 16, 2018 file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, and her attorney Michael Avenatti talk to reporters outside federal court in New York City. The hundreds of thousands of dollars that Stormy Daniels raised in her legal case against President Donald Trump came from an online crowdfunding site. But the unusual method of online fundraising for legal fees raises transparency questions about who is actually supporting the legal fight. Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, have raised …read more

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