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Stormy Daniels: Trump discloses payment to reimburse lawyer

  • 16 May 2018

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An official disclosure has confirmed US President Donald Trump reimbursed his lawyer for a payment to a porn star to hush her claims of an affair.

The Office of Government Ethics said on Wednesday that Mr Trump ought to have revealed the payment in his previous financial disclosure.

The filing shows he paid back Michael Cohen for a 2016 expense of between $ 100,001 (£75,000) and $ 250,000.

Mr Trump previously denied knowing of the $ 130,000 payment to Ms Daniels.

Rudy Giuliani, another of the president’s attorneys, first revealed the reimbursement earlier this month.

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

However, the head of the Office of Government Ethics wrote in a letter that “the payment made by Mr Cohen is required to be reported as a liability”.

BBC News – US & Canada

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