Ethics director questions Trump's reimbursement to lawyer

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USA president Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time in an ethics disclosure released on Wednesday that he repaid more than $100,000 (€84,575) to former personal attorney Michael Cohen, renewing questions about Mr Trump's ties to porn star Stormy Daniels. But Trump's lawyers have previously said that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 hush money payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Trump said he was listing the reimbursements to Michael Cohen - first made public by lawyer Rudy Giuliani two weeks ago - "in the interest of transparency", even though he said he was not required to disclose them.

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

A footnote to disclosures submitted to the Office of Government Ethics said Mr Cohen had incurred "expenses" on Trump's behalf in 2016 of between $100,001 and $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 past year, he may have violated the law.

In his testimony released Wednesday, Trump Jr said he did not tell his father ahead of time about the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, also attended by the Republican candidate's campaign manager Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner. In the recently disclosed details from the shell company Cohen used to accept payments from multiple companies after the election, including one backed by a Russian oligarch, there was no mention of any firm connected to Al-Ruhmaihi.

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Wednesday that its top lawyer is stepping down over a deal to hire U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a consultant.

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Ethics director questions Trump's reimbursement to lawyer

He also the president was "fully aware" of his decision to reveal the fact that Trump had reimbursed Cohen in a previous Fox News appearance and "endorsed the strategy".

WASHINGTON - President Trump lashed out at unauthorized immigrants during a White House meeting Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that risky people are clamoring to breach the country's borders and branding such people "animals".

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

His Washington, DC, hotel near the Oval Office, a magnet for diplomats and lobbyists, took in $40 million (€33m).

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.

When Trump took office, he refused to fully divest from his global business, instead putting his assets in a trust controlled by his two sons and a senior executive.

The official told the New Yorker they were anxious the information was being withheld from law enforcement, so they released the remaining documents. Last year's filing listed revenues over a 16-month period at Mar-a-Lago of $37.3 million.

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