Ethics Office Refers Trump's Porn-Star Hush Money To US Prosecutors

Donald Trump waves to the media on his way from the Oval Office to Marine One

Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney, solicited a payment of at least $1 million from Qatar Investment Authority in late 2016, in exchange for access to and advice about the then-incoming administration, according to the recipient of the offer and several others with knowledge of the episode.

That letter was written in response to a complaint from a watchdog organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which said that Trump should have reported the payments to Cohen in last year's disclosures.

Avenatti's high-profile appearances on cable news programs have been on behalf of Daniels, who is suing the president over a nondisclosure agreement she signed to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.

The president's failure to disclose that he repaid Cohen for the pre-election payout to Daniels has now been referred to the Department of Justice.

The solicitation would be the latest such exchange offered by Cohen to be made public following acknowledgements by US and European companies last week that they paid Cohen, who was Trump's lawyer for about a decade and self-described "fixer" for Trump.

Mr Trump's claim began to unravel early this month, however, after Mr Rudy Giuliani, a new member of the President's legal team, said Mr Trump had reimbursed Mr Cohen for the sum paid to Ms Daniels - and the President himself subsequently acknowledged the repayment.

Avenatti said that these payments "may create additional exposure" to Trump, however he said he did not want to disclose the exact timing of when the payments were made.

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"Mr Trump fully reimbursed Mr Cohen", the disclosure report said.

"No One Likes Michael Avenatti", after prosecutors pushed back against Avenatti's attempt to file a motion to intervene in the government's case against Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney.

Mr Mueller is investigating possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, something that Mr Trump has repeatedly denied. Cohen has also admitted the hush payment was issued 11 days before Trump's election.

Cohen facilitated a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. The disclosure was not included in Trump's 2017 filing.

"And I also said it was reimbursed", he continued.

A prior disclosure made past year covered a 16-month period and showed $37.3 million in revenues for Mar-a-Lago. Neither attended the closed-door session, and "I stood outside in the hall", Rumaihi said, as the delegation went in.

In his financial discloser form, Trump has listed assets of at least United States dollars 1.4 billion and income of more than USD 452 million. Farrow's article is based on an interview with a law enforcement official who leaked a confidential Treasury document known as a "suspicious-activity report" filed by First Republic Bank, with whom Cohen's shell company, Essential Consulting, has an account.

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