Trump lists reimbursement to Michael Cohen; ethics office says disclosure was required

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In his 2018 financial disclosure report, President Donald Trump revealed that he reimbursed his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush-money payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels that Cohen had facilitated just before the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had a tryst with Trump in 2006 while he was married.

The form Trump filed with the Office of Government Ethics previous year, which was 98 pages long, contained no mention of the Daniels payment.

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 information related to the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported", the officials said in the note.

The head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) flagged that discrepancy to deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in case it is "relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing".

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Telecoms giant AT&T, which has acknowledged paying about $600,000 to Cohen and was also named by Daniels' lawyer, has also said it was a "big mistake" to hire Trump's lawyer, even as it maintained its actions were legal.

More recently, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani - newly hired as part of Trump's legal team - said in interviews that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

The Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., which opened during his presidential campaign in 2016, saw $40 million in revenues.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has contended that Trump should have reported the reimbursement a year ago.

Mr. Trump's golf clubs also had substantial revenue: his golf club in Jupiter, Florida made $14 million, while Bedminster brought in $15 million. The president's tax returns would give a clear picture, but Trump has broken with tradition by refusing to make them public. Al-Rumaihi apparently refused, but Jeff Kwatinetz, a former business partner of al-Rumaihi's in a basketball league co-owned with Ice Cube, said in a sworn deposition last week that al-Rumaihi asked him to offer a bribe from Qatar to Bannon, a friend, in January, and when Kwatinetz said no, al-Rumaihi laughed and asked, "Do you think Flynn turned down our money?"

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