Stormy row: Trump admits reimbursing lawyer who paid off porn star

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According to the report, Trump signed an LOI for the Trump Tower Moscow project that was drafted by personal attorney Michael Cohen at the behest of longtime business associate Felix Sater, who himself has longstanding ties to the Russian mob.

In his2018 financial disclosure report, Trump revealed that he reimbursed Cohen after his $130,000 payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, which Cohen had facilitated just before the 2016 presidential election.

She says it's not valid because Trump did not sign it. Avenatti's a whiz at publicity, sending Stormy into the courtroom where Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen was appearing to fight the FBI's document raid on his home and office.

Trump had earlier denied knowledge of such a payment.

He had told Cohen that Qatar was interested in investing in Trump's planned infrastructure projects for the U.S., when the lawyer said he could help Doha find projects to sponsor, in exchange for $1 million up front.

Trump's filing states that the president was not required to disclose Cohen's expenses, but was doing so in the interest of transparency.

Former adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti. Craig Ruttle  AP
Former adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti. Craig Ruttle AP

The messages about Trump Tower Moscow, which were sent to Russian-born Trump associate Felix Sater, are now in the hands of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. Sater told Yahoo News he provided the texts to investigators voluntarily and without a subpoena.

The Washington Post reported that Mr Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. According to Avenatti, the two women's claims followed the same pattern as Clifford's: an alleged intimate affair with the president became a payoff from Cohen.

However, Cohen believed that GenBank was a "third-rate" organization and he told Sater that he would work his own contacts to secure a meeting with a more prominent financial institution.

The latest ethics disclosure did not describe the objective or the recipient of the original 2016 payment to a "third party" made by Cohen, for which he was reimbursed by Trump. Mr Apol's letter was released with the Trump disclosures.

Of course, it should be noted that DOJ policy says that a sitting president can not be indicted with criminal charges, but Shaub also raised the issue of a possible civil issue. Neither attended the private session, and "I stood outside in the hall", Rumaihi said, as the delegation went in. The second report that the official was unable to locate, which investigated a three-month period between June and September of 2017, found suspect transfers totalling more than two million dollars.

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