Trump Discloses More Than $100000 Payment to Michael Cohen in Financial Form

President Trump's Former Lawyer Michael Cohen's Business Dealings Continue To Draw Federal Scrutiny

Rosenstein a year ago appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the federal probe into Russian election meddling, Moscow's contacts with Trump's campaign and Trump's possible obstruction of the investigation.

Trump repaid Michel Cohen for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000.

The revelations kept coming on Wednesday night.

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".

Daniels had previously described a 2006 liaison with Trump before signing a non-disclosure agreement shortly before the November 2016 presidential election. The shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, also did business through First Republic Bank. The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow (who seems determined to show that NBC News never should have let him go) spoke with the person who leaked Cohen's confidential financial documents.

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Michael Avenatti, an attorney representing Daniels, on Tuesday questioned why Trump was acknowledging the payment - and his reimbursement of Cohen - now.

But ethics experts say that if that payment was knowingly and wilfully left out, Mr Trump could be in violation of federal ethics laws.

According to the report, the official noticed that two "suspicious-activity reports" were missing from the record.

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.

"It took a couple of weeks to figure out exactly what we had to do about it and there was a bit of debate about it - not about disclosing but about how to disclose", Giuliani said.

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The lawyer for Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter, "Mr. Trump's disclosure today conclusively proves that the American people were deceived.This was NOT an accident and it was not isolated". The report estimated the holdings are worth at least $1.4 billion (€1.84 bn). The second missing report covered June 2017 to September 2017, and included more than $2 million in suspicious transfers. They are not necessarily criminal activity but could be used as evidence.

It's highly unusual for a suspicious-activity report to be removed from the FINCEN database, which is why the source was so alarmed. 'That system is a safeguard for the bank. It's a stockpile of information. "Things that stand out as abnormal, like documents being removed from a system, are of grave concern to me".

CBS News has reached out to the Treasury Department for comment. "They should be there", said the official. One called the possibility "explosive". FINCEN's retention policy on its website says incorrect documents and those "deemed highly sensitive" and "requiring strict limitations on access" might be transferred from its master file.

Cohen was the target of raids last month in an investigation by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, after a referral from Mueller.

According to the outlet, it appears that Cohen misled First Republic Bank on the objective of the Essential Consultants. However, the reports are supposed to be confidential, and there are hefty penalties for unlawfully disclosing them: fines of up to $250,000 and five years in prison.

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