Trump Properly Discloses Payment to Michael Cohen

Trump Properly Discloses Payment to Michael Cohen

The 92 pages of President Donald Trump’s financial disclosures for 2017 include a line item between $100,001 and $250,000 for lawyer Michael Cohen, consistent with the $130,000 payment Cohen made to a porn star claiming to have had a tryst with the president 12 years ago.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) released the disclosure forms Wednesday, along with a letter from OGE head David Apol to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in response to a request from a left-wing corruption watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), to investigate.

CREW sent its request, asking the Justice Department and OGE to investigate whether Trump failed to properly disclose after Trump defense team leader Rudy Giuliani claimed the President had reimbursed Cohen for the payment to Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity at the start of the month.

The financial disclosure forms themselves state on their first page that Trump was required to disclose his payment to Cohen and that the way he did so satisfied that requirement.

“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,” a note in the forms reads.

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