Donald Trump's ethics disclosure reveals payment to Stormy Daniels

Donald Trump's ethics disclosure reveals payment to Stormy Daniels

U.S. president Donald Trump has valued his golf course in Doonbeg, Co Clare at between $25 million and $50 million (€21.18 million-€42.36 million), according to a financial disclosures form published on Wednesday.

Michael Cohen and Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, are battling over whether Avenatti had the right to publish Cohen's alleged confidential banking information last week, ABC News reported Tuesday.

"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, using Daniels's real name, Stephanie Clifford.

The form says the reimbursement amount was between $100,001 and $250,000. Check back for updates. In other words, OGE has determined that Cohen's payment should have been reported past year.

The payments have raised a number questions of ethics and campaign finance law: Whether Cohen improperly combined his personal funds with those of a client, and whether the payment constituted a loan or contribution to Trump's campaign.

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OGE Acting Director David Apol flagged the disclosure in a note to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "because you may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president's prior [financial disclosure] report that was signed on June 14, 2017".

The Office of Government Ethics has also concluded that the payment to Cohen "meets the disclosure requirement for a reportable liability".

By comparison, Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida had revenues of $25.1 million. Meanwhile, Trump's D.C. hotel - which, fortuitously, opened its doors in September 2016 - has become one of the mogul's best-performing properties, as the patronage of foreign diplomats helped the venue produce $40.4 million in revenue a year ago.

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.

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