Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab
President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 for the hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, according to the president’s just released government financial disclosure form.
The form is required by law, and it must include any debts of $10,000 or more.
The Office of Government Ethics released the report Wednesday afternoon, and separately stated that Trump should have disclosed the payment.
NBC News reports:
“In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as ‘reportable liabilities’ … in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump’s attorneys, Michael Cohen,” a note at the bottom of Page 45 of the 92-page report states. “Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be $100,001 to $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.”
And that means that President Trump appears to have lied – or was remarkably calculated about the meaning of the word “did,” according to Slate.
Daniel Dale, the Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, posted this tweet summing up the timeline of the Trump lies:
So 1) Trump denies involvement in Cohen payment to Daniels 2) Giuliani admits Trump reimbursed Cohen 3) Trump says Giuliani just started, doesn’t know what he’s talking about, will “get his facts straight” 4) Trump files official form acknowledging he reimbursed Cohen https://t.co/QKIqmEcYnl
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 16, 2018