President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time that he repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen more than $100,000 for expenses Cohen incurred during the 2016 presidential election, according to a financial disclosure form released Wednesday.
But ethics officials said in a note on his form that they have concluded otherwise.
And David Apol, director of the Office of Government Ethics, referred the matter to the Justice Department.
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".
Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said it had paid Cohen almost $1.2 million; USA telecommunications company AT&T Inc said it made payments of $600,000; and South Korea's Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd said it hired him for $150,000. "But we now have to wonder how many other liabilities for similar payments he has that he still has not disclosed because he has not been publicly called out on them".
Cohen founded Essential Consultants in October 2016 to make a $130,000 payment to Daniels. They said information Daniels's lawyer, Michael Aventatti, and reporters revealed in the last week comes mainly from one "suspicious-activity report" filed by First Republic Bank, where Essential Consultants had an account.
Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was sued Wednesday for breach of contract by his former law partner Jason Frank. "He previously denied any knowledge of the agreement or the payment - and did so aboard Air Force One on video".
The disclosure did not preclude the possibility that federal investigators could determine the payment to Clifford violated campaign finance laws.
The request to Qatar would be the latest such exchange offered by Cohen to be made public following acknowledgements by US and European companies last week that they paid Cohen, who was Trump's lawyer for about a decade and self-described "fixer" for Trump.
The first missing report covered almost seven months and listed a little over $1 million in activity.
The Trumps also had a wave of cancellations at the Mar-a-Lago club amid a backlash over the president's comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last summer.
Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which the president frequents in the winter months, saw revenues of $25.1 million.
Some of the 12-month figures for his properties are down from his previous report, but that earlier report covered about 16 months and so it is not directly comparable. The Trump Organization is also subjecting all new domestic projects to vetting from an outside ethics adviser, which appears to have had a chilling effect on certain potential deals: the company has yet to open a new hotel in the United States since Trump took office.