WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump listed a payment of more than $100,000 to his attorney Michael Cohen as a reimbursement to a third party, a revelation made in a 2017 financial disclosure form with the Office of Government Ethics.
Cohen has previously said he paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 as part of a settlement and non-disclosure agreement reached just before the election in 2016. Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump.
Rudy Giuliani, who recently began providing legal representation for Trump, said in a Fox News interview earlier this month that Trump reimbursed Cohen. Trump had earlier denied knowledge of such a payment.
The disclosure did not specify what the reimbursement was for, and gave just a range: $101,000-$250,000.
The Office of Government Ethics released Trump’s disclosure form on Wednesday.
Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, said on Twitter that “Mr. Trump’s disclosure today conclusively proves that the American people were deceived by Mr. Cohen, Mr. Trump, Mr. Schwartz, the WH, and Mr. Giuliani. This was NOT an accident and it was not isolated. Cover-ups should always matter.”
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the ethics office said that they concluded that Cohen’s payment should have been treated as a liability by Trump when he filed his form last year, as the settlement payment was made to Daniels in 2016.
David J. Apol, the acting director of the ethics office, said that he was providing copies of both reports to Rosenstein “because you may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president’s prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017.”