Trump discloses payment to attorney who paid off porn star

Porn actress Stormy Daniels during a recent appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in New York

Porn actress Stormy Daniels during a recent appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in New York

Democrat lawmaker Elijah Cummings, who serves on the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said, "President Trump was required by law to report that he "funneled" money through Michael Cohen to reimburse a secret payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, but he concealed these payments, and we still do not know why".

Prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, possible campaign law violations linked to a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, and perhaps other matters related to Trump's presidential campaign, a person familiar with the probe has said.

Novartis made the payments of $100,000 a month to Mr. Cohen's company, Essential Consultants, for insight into health-care policy in a one-year contract that ended in February.

The Office of Government Ethics found on Wednesday that Mr Trump ought to have revealed the payment in his previous financial disclosure. That would make it a campaign expense - an illegal one because it wasn't made with campaign contributions or disclosed on campaign financial reports.

MELBER: Two women who allege that they have agreements with Michael Cohen or Donald Trump?

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Later that week, the president said the newly hired Mr Giuliani needed time to "get his facts straight". We've recently learned Cohen was subsequently reimbursed by Trump.

"OGE has determined that the information provided in that note meets the disclosure requirements for a reportable liability under the Ethics in Government Act".

Shaub, who served as the ethics czar during President Barack Obama's second term, noted that Apol's letter to Rosenstein is tantamount to a "criminal referral".

While Apol didn't say so in his letter, this means Trump could have committed a crime by not disclosing the liability in his financial disclosure report past year.

"Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017", it said.

In addition to being sued by Daniels, Cohen - whose home, office, and hotel room were raided by the FBI last month - is under criminal investigation in the Southern District of NY for possible campaign-finance violations and bank fraud.

Jimenez said he was personally interviewed by Mueller's team over Novartis's payments.

The president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Business Insider that Trump's disclosure of the payment on the 2018 report "vindicates" their position on the payment.

While Trump's annual ethics disclosure reveals information about his personal finances, it lacks details of the sort found in an income tax return.

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