Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump admits repaying lawyer $250000 who paid porn star

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

The USD130,000 payment in 2016 to Stephanie Clifford, better known as adult performer Stormy Daniels, was made by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who seems to have only been reimbursed past year, according to the president's 2017 financial disclosure form released Wednesday.

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said he's vetting claims of agreements between additional women and President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, involving hush-money payments.

Cohen has said that days before the November 2016 presidential elections, he had paid United States dollars 130,000 to Daniels for her not to go public about her intimate relationship with Trump.

During an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", attorney Michael Avenatti said he is in talks with two women who allege they have agreements with either Trump or his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to stay quiet about an affair with the president.

The Office of Government Ethics released Trump's disclosure form on Wednesday. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone".

The Washington Post reported that Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

While many pundits called Giuliani's disclosure a gaffe, Giuliani said at the time that he was working in sync with Trump. According to earlier reports, Essential Consultants reached out to Novartis in February 2017, promising senior officials access to President Trump if they contracted with their company.

Avenatti claimed he's vetting the credible claims of two women who appear to be in the same boat as his client
Avenatti claimed he's vetting the credible claims of two women who appear to be in the same boat as his client

"And that's why the President affirmed it, yes", Giuliani said when asked if the financial disclosure process was the reason he revealed Trump paid Cohen back.

The ethics office is a government watchdog that provides oversight of the executive branch program created to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest.

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". In the report of the ethics office, payment made by Cohen was $100,001 and $250,000. It says Trump "fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017".

Sater told Yahoo News he provided the texts to investigators voluntarily and without a subpoena.

The disclosure shows millions in 2017 income from rents, licences, book and television royalties, company shares, hotel management fees and golf courses, with interests from India to Dubai.

The disclosure of Trump's payments to his lawyer came the same day a Senate intelligence panel released thousands of pages of testimony from its probe into a meeting between the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer who offered to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

The White House stated in a footnote to the filing that it was listing the payment "in the interest of transparency", and contended it did not have to make the disclosure.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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