Trump financial disclosure could reveal porn star payoff

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President Donald Trump acknowledged that he has repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen for expenses Cohen occurred during the 2016 presidential election, according to his financial disclosure forms released Wednesday.

The acting director of OGE, David J. Apol, concluded that Trump's report "meets the disclosure requirements" - the outside group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had filed a complaint that Trump's 2017 form had improperly omitted a "loan" from Cohen - but noted that making that debt public "is required".

The document did not explicitly state what the payments were for. Previous year it took the agency about two days to make Trump's disclosure form public after it was submitted.

It will also be scrutinized for any sign of the hush money payment made to Daniels.

Rudy Giuliani, who recently began providing legal representation for Trump, said in a Fox News interview earlier this month that Trump reimbursed Cohen. The reimbursement was paid in full in 2017, and Cohen had requested the money for expenses incurred in 2016.

A reason for the payment to Cohen was not specified in the financial disclosure that the Office of Government Ethics released, The New York Times reported.

Trump's representatives said in the document that revealing the payments made to Cohen was not necessary by law, instead saying they were listing them "in the interest of transparency".

The disclosure forms that he's required to submit to the ethics office provide a more limited view of his finances.

The Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president frequently escapes for winter weekends, collected more than $25 million last year, down from $37 million from last year's report.

It is not clear how long this year's review will take to be made public.

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