Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Lists Michael Cohen Payment on Financial Disclosure

Trump Lists Michael Cohen Payment on Financial Disclosure

Cohen has said he made the payment to keep the actress, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, from going public before the 2016 election with her story about an affair with Trump.

One week after Michael Avenatti released financial records indicating Cohen used the same shell company to pay his client Stormy Daniels and receive payments from firms, The New Yorker published a bombshell report by Ronan Farrow detailing why those records were leaked.

"If DOJ investigates and determines that president Trump knew of his debt to Cohen when he filed last year's report, there will be reason to suspect that his omission of the debt from last year's report was 'knowing and willful, ' which would be a crime", Walter Shaub, the former head of OGE who is now the senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center said.

The Intercept reported the request as confirmed by Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, who was an investor with the nation's sovereign wealth fund. Al-Ruhmaihi said Cohen asked him for the money, but he never agreed to make the payment.

In a footnote in tiny type on Page 45 of his 92-page disclosure, Trump said he reimbursed Cohen for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000.

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Forbes stated that Trump's financial disclosure was submitted on Wednesday and that it lists a debt to Cohen, something that was omitted the year before.

The reports about the payments to Cohen drew largely on a "suspicious activity report" or SAR, filed by First Republic Bank. We've recently learned Cohen was subsequently reimbursed by Trump.

The newly-released financial documents also offered a glimpse of the performance of two of Trump's flagship hotels: the Trump International Hotel in Washington - which has attracted crowds of lobbyists, lawmakers and foreign governments with business before the federal government, and Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, dubbed the "Winter White House".

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The disclosure form said that Trump has about $1.5 billion in assets.

Trump's hotel in the United States capital, which opened in late 2016, took in $40.4 million during 2017 while the Florida resort had revenues of $25.1 million a year ago.

Trump's income from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has come under scrutiny for being a top choice for foreign dignitaries, almost doubled, from about $20 million in the 2016 report to just over $40 million previous year. One of his biggest lenders is Ladder Capital, which has lent more than $100 million. Trump can take back control of the trust at any time, and he's allowed to withdraw cash from it as he pleases.

For operating New York's Wollman Rink in Central Park, the president took in $9.3 million.

A prior disclosure made past year covered a 16-month period and showed $37.3 million in revenues for Mar-a-Lago.

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