Source who leaked Cohen financial info claims key government reports were missing

Source who leaked Cohen financial info claims key government reports were missing

Source who leaked Cohen financial info claims key government reports were missing

US President Donald Trump repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen over $100,000 for expenses that Cohen incurred during the 2016 presidential election, according to a financial disclosure form released on Wednesday.

"And that's why the president affirmed it, yes", Giuliani told CNN when asked if the financial disclosure process was the reason he revealed Trump repaid Cohen for the $130,000 to keep Daniels from talking about an alleged affair.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly", Cohen said in a statement to the New York Times.

"The information related to the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported and that the information provided meets the disclosure requirement for a reportable liability", a notation in the OGE filing said.

But an accompanying letter to the Justice Department from David Apol, the acting head of the Office of Government Ethics, said the payments by Cohen were indeed required to be reported, as also argued by an outside government ethics group which had lodged official complaints in March.

Things that stand out as abnormal, like documents being removed from a system, are of grave concern to me, ' the law enforcement official said, adding, 'To say that I am terrified right now would be an understatement'.

That revelation came via a New Yorker interview published on Wednesday, in which the whistleblower, a career law-enforcement official, claimed two missing Suspicious-Activity Reports (SAR) indicate Cohen pulled down millions more dollars through his shell company than originally reported last week. We've recently learned Cohen was subsequently reimbursed by Trump. In all, Trump's vast array of assets - hotels, resorts, books, licensing deals and other business ventures - generated revenue previous year of at least $453 million.

And Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which the president frequents in the winter months, saw revenues of $25.1 million.

The telecom giant AT&T and the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis are among the companies that contracted Cohen's services, for which AT&T paid Cohen $600,000 and Novartis paid him $1.2 million.

His Washington, D.C., hotel near the Oval Office, a magnet for diplomats and lobbyists, took in $40 million. A large share of that debt stems from Deutsche Bank loans to Trump National Doral.

The debt figures are given in broad ranges in the report and capped at $50 million, so it's unclear just how much Trump actually owes.

Novartis said Shannon Thyme Klinger, who graduated from the University of North Carolina law school and who is now the company's ethics, risk and compliance officer, will take over from Ehrat as general counsel on June 1. Last year's filing listed revenues over a 16-month period at Mar-a-Lago of $37.3 million.

The official told the New Yorker they were anxious the information was being withheld from law enforcement, so they released the remaining documents.

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