Trump lawyer Cohen sought $1 mln from Qatar in late 2016

Trump lawyer Cohen sought $1 mln from Qatar in late 2016

Democrat lawmaker Elijah Cummings, who serves on the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said, "President Trump was required by law to report that he "funneled" money through Michael Cohen to reimburse a secret payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, but he concealed these payments, and we still do not know why".

Earlier this year, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he had not known about Cohen's payment to Daniels.

Rudy Giuliani, Mr. Trump's newest personal attorney, revealed the reimbursement earlier this month.

President Donald Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen asked the Qatari government for $1 million in exchange for access to the incoming administration back in December 2016, multiple reports confirmed Wednesday, raising more questions about Cohen's post-election efforts to cash in on his boss's win.

The disclosure did not specify what the reimbursement was for, and gave just a range: $101,000-$250,000.

Signed by Trump and released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, the disclosure also drew comment from watchdog groups and a senior Democratic lawmaker about possible violations of campaign finance law, which requires public disclosure of expenses meant to influence the election. "I am providing both reports to you 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", Apol tells Rosenstein. "Cover-ups should always matter".

The Stormy Daniels payment is a potential legal problem for the president because it could be seen as an illegal campaign contribution.

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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. But then Mr. Trump said Giuliani was new to the team and would "get his facts straight". His Doral club, as was the case past year, dwarfed the rest of his golf properties, with revenues of nearly $75 million. His Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, received $25 million, and his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, generated $15 million.

The report provides a glimpse of how the president's business fared during his first year in office, though comparisons are hard since his prior disclosure covered 16 months.

Trump's 2018 report - filed Tuesday and made public Wednesday - also provides insight into the president's still-vast real estate empire, which Trump continues to own while the day-to-day management is handled by his family.

Mr Trump has at least $315 million in debt, about the same as he reported a year ago. Mr. Trump is also still picking up a Screen Actors Guild pension of almost $65,000 from his years as a reality TV host and sometime bit player in movies.

The payment is under investigation by federal prosecutors in NY. One of his biggest lenders is Ladder Capital, which has lent more than $100 million.

Details of Mr. Trump's disclosure report from a year ago.

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