Rudy Giuliani: Trump-Cohen Payoff Revelation Was No Gaffe

Bessie Dean
May 17, 2018

President Donald Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen asked the Qatari government for $1 million in exchange for access to the incoming administration back in December 2016, multiple reports confirmed Wednesday, raising more questions about Cohen's post-election efforts to cash in on his boss's win.

Rudy Giuliani, who recently became the Republican president's new personal attorney, has said Trump reimbursed Cohen for the original, $130,000 payment, which was made shortly before Trump's victory in the November 8, 2016 presidential election.

"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.

Mr Trump's claim began to unravel early this month, however, when Rudy Giuliani, a new member of the president's legal team, said the president in fact reimbursed Mr Cohen for the payments to Ms Daniels.

The president denies the affair, and initially denied all knowledge of the payment, which Cohen has acknowledged was meant to stop her from going public with the allegations.

In a footnote in tiny type on Page 45 of his 92-page disclosure, Mr Trump said he reimbursed his lawyer for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000.

Glynn, who served as the general counsel at the Office of Government Ethics from 1997 to 2008, said the letter to the Department of Justice is significant and unusual and that if Trump intentionally filed an inaccurate disclosure a year ago, he may have violated the law.

The document did not explicitly state what the payments were for. The president's Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, also took in $25 million (down from $37 million the prior year), while his Turnberry club in Scotland grossed $20 million.

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"Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017", it said.

Personal gifts disclosed by Trump include golf-related items from two professional golfers: a golf bag and clubs worth $1,150 from Kevin Streelman and $750 clubs from Bryson Dechambeau.

A liberal-leaning watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a complaint in March requesting an investigation into the payment and whether Trump broke the law by failing to disclose it a year ago. "And I think it - that the OGE, the Office of Government Ethics, basically agreed with us that it had been fully disclosed".

The latest is the one that fueled last week's reports; it describes transactions with companies including Novartis and AT&T, which occurred from September 2017 to January 2018 and totaled almost a million dollars. His Doral golf course and resort in Miami took in $75 million. One of his biggest lenders is Ladder Capital, which has lent more than $100 million. Public campaign filings are also supposed to account for all loans, contributions and payments; Trump's made no mention of the Cohen arrangement.

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.

Before taking office, Trump said he shifted day-to-day control of his business to his sons, primarily Eric Trump.

His report shows that Mr Trump received $64,840 from the Screen Actors Guild pension fund.

The president reported royalties from his 1987 book Art of the Deal in the same $100,000-$1m range as he did previous year - and sales for some of his lesser titles picked up.

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