President Trump‘s 2018 financial disclosure form confirms that the President did, in fact, reimburse Michael Cohen for expenses incurred in 2016.
The entire disclosure form is available here, released by the Office of Government Ethics, but at the bottom of one of these pages there’s this little note:
In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as “reportable liabilities” on Part 8, in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trnmp’s attorneys, Michael Cohen. Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be $100,001 – $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.
Fox News’ John Roberts noted a potential connection between today’s disclosure and the recent comments by Rudy Giuliani about the Stormy Daniels $130,000 payment:
We may have discovered why Rudy Giuliani disclosed the "reimbursement" to Michael Cohen. It is detailed on page 45 of @realDonaldTrump financial disclosure: https://t.co/fZLdN4yaam They knew it would come out, so they tried to get ahead of it.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) May 16, 2018
And not only did OGE release the document today, but also revealed a letter acting director David Apol sent to Rod Rosenstein affirming that “the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported as a liability.”
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