Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump repaid Cohen for 'third party' costs

Trump repaid Cohen for 'third party' costs

Giuliani revealed earlier this month Trump repaid Cohen for the $130,000 he spent as a part of a non-disclosure agreement in October 2016.

AT&T, which has acknowledged paying some $600,000 to Cohen and was also named by Daniels' lawyer, has also said it was a "big mistake" and a "serious misjudgement" to hire Trump's lawyer, even as it maintained its actions were legal. Apol's letter was released with the Trump disclosures. 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?"

But the acting director of the ethics office, David Apol, in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it should have been disclosed in ethics documents that Trump filed in June 2017. "Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Cohen in 2017". Giuliani indicated that the payment was "funneled through a law firm and then the president repaid it". The President reimbursed that over the period of several months. The Washington Post, Politico, BuzzFeed News, Bloomberg, the New York Times and USA Today have coverage.

The mandatory filing says that "in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen".

Trump's new disclosure statement did not describe the objective or the recipient of the 2016 payment made by Cohen. That money is believed to be the reimbursement for the payment to Daniels.

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The 92-page report lists Mr. Trump's more than 200 property holdings, including Trump Tower in NY and his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, valued at more than $50 million.

He added that he doesn't agree with the ethics office's contention that the payments had to be disclosed. "No President has been previously subject to any referral by (Office of Government Ethics) to DOJ as a result of having failed to report an item on their public financial disclosure report", said Virginia Canter, a former ethics official in the Clinton and Obama White Houses who is now with the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

However Mr Ehrat's resignation won't bring the matter to a close, as formal investigations into the payments remain a possibility in Switzerland and the US.

Also publicly unsubstantiated is a claim in the Steele dossier that in summer 2016, a Rosneft official offered the Trump campaign, via adviser Carter Page, a stake in Rosneft if future President Trump scrapped Russian Federation sanctions, as Slate explains.

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