Stormy Daniels Scandal: Further details of Trump payments to lawyer Michael Cohen revealed
In an ethics disclosure released on Wednesday, US President Trump accepted for the very first time that he paid more than $100,001 to his ex-attorney Michael Cohen who might have paid porn star, Stormy Daniels.
However, the US US Office of Government Ethics did not elaborate on the purpose or the recipient of the payment. Earlier Cohen had accepted on paying Stephanie Clifford alias Stormy Daniels to buy her silence on an alleged affair with the US President Trump in 2006.
The current Republican president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said, "Trump reimbursed Cohen for $130,000 payment which was made shortly before Trump's victory in the Nov 8, 2016, presidential election,"
The US Office of Government Ethics even disclosed that Trump and Cohen's payments were inconsistent. While Trump pretended to be unaware of the payment made by Cohen in April, this recent disclosure shared that Trump paid his attorney frequently.
David Apol, the acting Director of ethics office conveyed in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that payments made Trump should be disclosed in documents. The ethic documents is an annual disclosure made by federal officials. In the report of the ethics office, payment made by Cohen was $100,001 and $250,000.
Besides Trump and Cohen payment, the ethics document has information on Trump's personal businesses. According to ethics document, Trump's income was $25 million in 2017 and more than $15 million from the golf club.