Top lawyer at Novartis to step down amid Michael Cohen scandal

18 May, 2018, 15:51 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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Cohen has said he fronted the money for Trump, but the president did not list any debts to the lawyer in his federally required financial disclosure filing previous year.

A government coverup of the Cohen reports "makes no sense", said Aaron Wolfson, a lawyer who previously oversaw suspicious activity reporting for JPMorgan Chase.

Earlier this month, Rudy Giuliani - the former Mayor of NY who recently joined President Trump's legal team - revealed in a TV interview that Trump reimbursed Mr Cohen for a $130,000 payment used to keep Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, quiet about an alleged affair in 2006.

For obvious reasons, he didn't go into the specific details, but he did say that the totals were close to the $130,000 paid to Daniels.

A potential television show featuring Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been floated to television executives, according to The New York Times.

Avenatti said that these payments "may create additional exposure" to Trump, however he said he did not want to disclose the exact timing of when the payments were made.

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

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The whistleblower who reportedly leaked the financial records of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer did so after discovering that two files had disappeared from a government database. He watched news reports about the development of his case from a hotel room in Philadelphia last weekend and has told friends "I just can't take this anymore".

The Washington Post reported that Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

Shaubtweetedthat Giuliani "may have lied" when he said Trump paid Cohen as much as $460,000 through the retainer.

"And I also said it was reimbursed", he continued.

Trump's newest attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, may have forced Trump's hand on the payout a few weeks ago, when he revealed in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that Trump had repaid Cohen the $130,000.

"No", Trump said. "I don't know". And then second, it would've given a false impression that" Trump knew about the reimbursement if it was disclosed "back in 2017. 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.

CREW, a liberal-leaning watchdog group, filed a complaint with the ethics office that was referenced in Apol's letter.

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