A payment from President Donald Trump to his attorney Michael Cohen - believed to have gone to adult film star Stormy Daniels - should have been disclosed a year ago, the Office of Government Ethics said Wednesday.
Cohen has admitted that he personally paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in October 2016, just before Trump was elected president, to keep her from speaking about a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump in 2006.
Rudy Giuliani, the high-profile new name on Trump's legal team, mentioned in a bombshell revelation on Fox TV earlier this month that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for paying Daniels, a point which the president had expressly denied when earlier asked about it by reporters aboard Air Force One.
Financial documents released by President Donald Trump Wednesday seem to confirm a multi-hundred thousand dollar reimbursement payment made to embattled personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Trump had earlier denied knowledge of such a payment.
Trump's latest disclosure filing said Cohen incurred the expense in 2016 and that Cohen "sought reimbursement" in 2017.
The Office of Government Ethics released Trump's disclosure form on Wednesday. "Cover-ups should always matter".
Trump's previous report, covering January 2016 through the first few months of 2017, showed he had at least $US1.4 billion in assets and at least $US594 million in income.More news: The Honor 10 is here - and it's a £399 smartphone stunner
The Cohen footnote appears in a report giving the first extended look at Trump's revenue from his properties since he became president.
His Doral golf course and resort in Miami took in 75 million dollars (£55.3m). He said he had not been reimbursed by Trump's company or Trump's campaign.
The payments have raised a number questions of ethics and campaign finance law: whether Cohen improperly combined his personal money with those of a client and whether the payment constituted a loan or contribution to Trump's campaign.
Trump earned at least $1.1 million from his operations in India, the most active location overseas for the Trump Organization, with at least four active real estate projects, in Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and Gurgaon, which is outside of New Delhi. The report shows he took in $75 million from his Miami golf course and resort past year, $25 million at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and $15 million from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
"It is good that in the face of overwhelming evidence and public pressure, the president came clean about this liability on this year's form", Bookbinder stated, "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".
Mr Trump owes Deutsch Bank as much as 175 million dollars (£129m).
When Mr Trump took office, he refused to fully divest from his global business, another break with presidential tradition.
His report shows that Mr Trump received 64,840 dollars (£47,805) from the Screen Actors Guild pension fund. Mr Trump has appeared in several movies, including Home Alone 2 and Zoolander.