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Trump disclosure of lawyer payment raises new legal questions

There are 137 comments on the Prestwichandwhitefieldguide.co.uk story from Wednesday May 16, titled Trump disclosure of lawyer payment raises new legal questions. In it, Prestwichandwhitefieldguide.co.uk reports that:

Donald Trump said he reimbursed the lawyer for "expenses" ranging from 100,001 dollars to 250,000 dollars Donald Trump has revealed in his financial disclosure that he reimbursed his personal lawyer for unspecified "expenses", with no mention of a payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual tryst she said they had. The head of the nation's ethics office questioned why Mr Trump did not include this in his previous year's sworn disclosure and passed along his concerns to federal prosecutors.

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Cordwainer Trout

Owensboro, KY

#1 Thursday May 17
So, now we have collusion between the head of the "nation's ethics office" colluding with the overreaching two year witch hunt investigation so horribly compromised, that they won't identify the real and proven criminal behaviors of the DNC, Hillary Clinton and many of the Obama appointees and co-conspirators attempting to hobble America in obvious tyranny. Paying one's attorney for services rendered is not even questionable. It seems the operatives attacking Trump for being elected are exhibiting the very real behaviors of insane people... projecting onto others the irrationality and criminality they commit in addition to the obvious treason in their support for enemies of mankind and America.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#2 Thursday May 17
PMSNBC reports Trumps attorney paid Stormy in rubles and demand a special counsel and a full investigation.
Donald Duck Von Tramp

United States

#3 Thursday May 17
Nice try nitwit...

Tramp lied about the payment
Cohen lied about the payment
Ghouliani said tramp reimbursed cohen by funneling money through cohen..oops
Tramp was forced to disclose the payment...truth
Government ethics says it should have been reported last year and is also a crime to not report.

“Watching The Snowflakes Rant”

Since: Feb 17

Location hidden

#4 Thursday May 17
Donald Duck Von Tramp wrote:
Nice try nitwit...

Tramp lied about the payment
Cohen lied about the payment
Ghouliani said tramp reimbursed cohen by funneling money through cohen..oops
Tramp was forced to disclose the payment...truth
Government ethics says it should have been reported last year and is also a crime to not report.
Government ethics state that Hillary should not have had two private servers that leaked classified information.
Donald Duck Von Tramp

United States

#5 Thursday May 17
CodeTalker wrote:
<quoted text>
Government ethics state that Hillary should not have had two private servers that leaked classified information.
Yeah but Hillary isn't President tramp is.

So now do you want to address what was posted instead of diverting away from?

You know how tramp lied for a year then was forced to disclose the pay off for the porn star?
Impeach the Creep

Madison, WI

#6 Thursday May 17
CodeTalker wrote:
<quoted text>
Government ethics state that Hillary should not have had two private servers that leaked classified information.
Hillary who?
Dee Dee Dee

Emmaus, PA

#7 Thursday May 17
OMG Trump paid his lawyer for expenses! Impeach!
Back to important news the economy is booming, wages are up, stocks are up, GDP is up, three Americans have returned home from The Democratic People's Republic of Korea..........

“It's Time to Defeat Terrorism ”

Since: May 11

NYC

#8 Thursday May 17
Mueller is a bad American who seek to protect Hillary and her FBI-DOJ gang from the rule of law. What a despicable shameless bunch of liberal Democrat scammers and terrible America hating liars who seek the demise of America because that is what Hillary Clinton asked them to do. Undoubtedly, liberal Democrats and their corrupt media led by the NY times are fishing in mud water puddles trying to undermine and topple President Trump by all deceitful criminal means which will fail and illustrate their liberal ugly faces. The Department of Injustice called DOJ is ruled by the deep state coup leader Rod Rosenstein who is hiding or erasing critical paragraphs from documents which would have proven the lawless traitorous actions of the Rosenstein, Comey, Mueller, Clinton, McCabe, Strzok, Brennan, Clapper against the American people. Jeff Sessions proved to be senile brain-dead incompetent loser who is afraid to say a word to Rosenstein while America is falling to anarchy with dysfunctional DOJ and FBI which became the political tool for Hillary to create more crimes and break more laws for protecting her Clinton Bribe Foundation which accumulated more than 2 billion dollars from the Iranian and Russian regimes among others for selling out our Uranium for the Iranian nukes that threaten the Middle east and America. Enough is enough with the trashing of US Constitution by Rod Rosenstein who became the guard of the liberal Democratic Party deep state who seek coup and civil war that will destroy America. Rosenstein and Session must be impeached for their fight against US Congress and hiding documents from US Congress for more than two years.
Donald Duck Von Tramp

Billerica, MA

#9 Thursday May 17
Dee Dee Dee wrote:
OMG Trump paid his lawyer for expenses! Impeach!
Back to important news the economy is booming, wages are up, stocks are up, GDP is up, three Americans have returned home from The Democratic People's Republic of Korea..........
Paying off porn star expenses?

Is that a line item on your expense reports?
ardith

Tampa, FL

#10 Thursday May 17
Government. Ethics said trump is pretty much a criminal. No kidding. Of course we know that but repugs won't impeach.

The biggest question, what will Russia do to our elections?

How many people went to jail over Watergate?
spud

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Thursday May 17
Impeach the Creep wrote:
<quoted text>

Hillary who?
Crooked Hillary, you know. It amazes me that people actually think this is important. It amazes me that our media has become so predictably anti Trump. Reporting like this is treason. It's obviously a bloodless coup attempt.
Donald Duck Von Tramp

Billerica, MA

#14 Thursday May 17
Why Trump’s new disclosure on Stormy Daniels payment matters

It was just last month when Donald Trump chatted briefly with reporters on Air Force One, and in response to a reporter’s question, the president said he did not know about the $130,000 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels shortly before Election Day 2016. The Republican added that he also didn’t know where his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, received the money to pay the porn star.

A month later, Rudy Giuliani told a national television audience that Trump’s original version of events wasn’t altogether true, and yesterday, the president disclosed the truth in black and white.

President Donald Trump reported that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen for costs apparently incurred in paying adult film star Stormy Daniels for a nondisclosure agreement, according to a federally required annual financial disclosure form released by the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday.

“In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as ‘reportable liabilities’… in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump’s attorneys, Michael Cohen,” a note at the bottom of Page 45 of the 92-page report states.“Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be $100,001 to $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.”

The acknowledgement appeared in a footnote.

At face value, I imagine some might see this acknowledgement as underwhelming. Sure, it’s newsworthy when a sitting president discloses a previously secret six-figure payment to a porn star – the sort of development that would probably destroy any of Trump’s predecessors – but yesterday’s filing is entirely consistent with what we knew.

And sure, it’s important that the president appears to have brazenly lied to the public about all of this, but it’s fair to say most observers knew this, too.

What makes Trump’s financial disclosure filing so striking, however, is the letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from David Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, that accompanied the president’s paperwork. Apol noted, for example, that despite Trump’s assertion, the disclosure of the reimbursement payment to Cohen

wasn’t optional.

And that’s no small detail.

Indeed, Apol added that Rosenstein “may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president’s prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017.”

. In fact, the Campaign Legal Center’s Adav Noti said that the OGE letter is,“for all intents and purposes, a criminal referral.”

Specifically, if the Cohen payment needed to be disclosed on Trump’s filings, that was true last year, too, when the president filed the previous version of this paperwork. But in last year’s filing, there was no such disclosure.

If there was an “intent to deceive,” to use Adav Noti’s phrasing from last night, the legal liability could be serious – beyond any possible violations of campaign-finance laws.

The Stormy Daniels scandal just got even more interesting.
Moe Greens optometrist

United States

#15 Thursday May 17
CodeTalker wrote:
<quoted text>
Government ethics state that Hillary should not have had two private servers that leaked classified information.
So you're all in favor of Stump being investigated endlessly as Clinton was. Great!. Now we're getting somewhere.
Moe Greens optometrist

United States

#16 Thursday May 17
Donald Duck Von Tramp wrote:
Indeed, Apol added that Rosenstein “may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president’s prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017.”

. In fact, the Campaign Legal Center’s Adav Noti said that the OGE letter is,“for all intents and purposes, a criminal referral.”

Specifically, if the Cohen payment needed to be disclosed on Trump’s filings, that was true last year, too, when the president filed the previous version of this paperwork. But in last year’s filing, there was no such disclosure.
Wasn't reported in 2017. Reported (technically) in 2018 only after revelations became public.

Attempted cover-up. Period.

Except Stump and Mr. Fix-it couldn't cover up a baby with a blanket.

You'll need a good lawyer Stump. Wait, you've got Rudy. I'm sure he can explain it all. Haaaa!
Master Brain

United States

#17 Thursday May 17
Donald Duck Von Tramp wrote:
Why Trump’s new disclosure on Stormy Daniels payment matters

It was just last month when Donald Trump chatted briefly with reporters on Air Force One, and in response to a reporter’s question, the president said he did not know about the $130,000 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels shortly before Election Day 2016. The Republican added that he also didn’t know where his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, received the money to pay the porn star.

A month later, Rudy Giuliani told a national television audience that Trump’s original version of events wasn’t altogether true, and yesterday, the president disclosed the truth in black and white.

President Donald Trump reported that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen for costs apparently incurred in paying adult film star Stormy Daniels for a nondisclosure agreement, according to a federally required annual financial disclosure form released by the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday.

“In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as ‘reportable liabilities’… in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump’s attorneys, Michael Cohen,” a note at the bottom of Page 45 of the 92-page report states.“Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be $100,001 to $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.”

The acknowledgement appeared in a footnote.

At face value, I imagine some might see this acknowledgement as underwhelming. Sure, it’s newsworthy when a sitting president discloses a previously secret six-figure payment to a porn star – the sort of development that would probably destroy any of Trump’s predecessors – but yesterday’s filing is entirely consistent with what we knew.

And sure, it’s important that the president appears to have brazenly lied to the public about all of this, but it’s fair to say most observers knew this, too.

What makes Trump’s financial disclosure filing so striking, however, is the letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from David Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, that accompanied the president’s paperwork. Apol noted, for example, that despite Trump’s assertion, the disclosure of the reimbursement payment to Cohen

wasn’t optional.

And that’s no small detail.

Indeed, Apol added that Rosenstein “may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president’s prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017.”

. In fact, the Campaign Legal Center’s Adav Noti said that the OGE letter is,“for all intents and purposes, a criminal referral.”

Specifically, if the Cohen payment needed to be disclosed on Trump’s filings, that was true last year, too, when the president filed the previous version of this paperwork. But in last year’s filing, there was no such disclosure.

If there was an “intent to deceive,” to use Adav Noti’s phrasing from last night, the legal liability could be serious – beyond any possible violations of campaign-finance laws.

The Stormy Daniels scandal just got even more interesting.
Well since you can't get a collusion charge now, see you're going to try the word of a porn star!
ardith

Tampa, FL

#18 Thursday May 17
Hillary was investigated for 6 years...nothing was found. Already 19 indictments against trump people. Criminals hire criminals. In Watergate, 40 people were indicted and many served time. Nixon called it a witch hunt.
Raydot

Pomona, CA

#19 Thursday May 17
The coward Mexican drug cartel makes 500 million dollars a year smuggling illegal aliens across the United States border. Democrats help them in every way, protecting murderers and breeding crime with human slave labor, prostitution, drugs,and child porn. That's why we have it, democrats sponsor it and protect it with sanctuary cities just for a crooked vote. They try to stop the President from doing anything about it. Who in their right mind would vote for more crime??? Just say NO to a dummycrat.

“Watching The Snowflakes Rant”

Since: Feb 17

Location hidden

#20 Thursday May 17
Donald Duck Von Tramp wrote:
<quoted text>

Yeah but Hillary isn't President tramp is.

So now do you want to address what was posted instead of diverting away from?

You know how tramp lied for a year then was forced to disclose the pay off for the porn star?
Yawn, so what. You didn't even blink when Obama got liar of the year, or Hillary lied for five years on her Federal Tax Returns.

“Watching The Snowflakes Rant”

Since: Feb 17

Location hidden

#21 Thursday May 17
ardith wrote:
Hillary was investigated for 6 years...nothing was found. Already 19 indictments against trump people. Criminals hire criminals. In Watergate, 40 people were indicted and many served time. Nixon called it a witch hunt.
Nothing found. Did you not here Comey's report, did you not know about her two illegal servers, or sending classified material to Podesta and Weiner, which neither were cleared to receive, Benghazi was basically murder and of course the demented witch hid foreign income for five years from the IRS. You are confusing nothing found from the Deep State not prosecuting and hiding her crimes.
Donald Duck Von Tramp

Billerica, MA

#22 Thursday May 17
Master Brain wrote:
<quoted text> Well since you can't get a collusion charge now, see you're going to try the word of a porn star!
Wishful thinking is good sometimes it gives you hope, in this case, you're delusional!!

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