Questions are being raised over a payment President Trump made to his former attorney that eventually went to a porn star. The President’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, says it’s not a liability.
A footnote within a 92 page financial disclosure form shows President Trump repaid his former personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for expenses in 2016.
“I don’t think it needed to be disclosed at all because it was an expenditure that he reimbursed.”
Giuliani, the president’s current attorney, told Fox News Wednesday night that it was done out of an abundance of caution. He also called for the swift end to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The Office of Government Ethics, which released the disclosure form, sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, flagging the update in case it was “relevant to any inquiry” the Justice Department may be pursuing.
Cohen said he used $130,000 to pay adult film star Stormy Daniels days before the presidential election, to keep silent about her alleged affair with Mr. Trump.
There is a legal opinion at the Justice Department that a sitting president can’t be indicted. Giuliani says Mueller told him he would abide by that opinion. And Mueller’s boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, has indicated he would do the same
(Laura Podesta, CBS News)