Trump dis­clo­sure of Co­hen pay­ment raises le­gal ques­tions

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NEWYORK » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump noted in his fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure Wed­nes­day that he “fully re­im­bursed” per­sonal at­tor­ney Michael Co­hen as much as $250,000 for un­spec­i­fied “ex­penses,” with no men­tion of a $130,000 pay­ment to porn ac­tress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a sex­ual tryst she said they had.

The head of the na­tion’s ethics of­fice ques­tioned why Trump didn’t in­clude this in his pre­vi­ous year’s dis­clo­sure and passed along his con­cerns to fed­eral prosecutors.

“I am pro­vid­ing both re­ports to you be­cause you may find the dis­clo­sure rel­e­vant to any in­quiry you may be pur­su­ing,” David Apol, act­ing di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Gov­ern­ment Ethics, wrote to Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein.

Apol wrote that he con­sid­ers Trump’s pay­ment to Co­hen to be a re­pay­ment on a loan and that it was re­quired to be in­cluded in Trump’s June 2017 dis­clo­sure.

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