Well, color me shocked, folks, but it appears Donald Trump has finally opened up about his financial indiscretions. According to his annual financial disclosure forms, which were released by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), the records reveal a $130,000 reimbursement made to Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen for the Stormy Daniels hush payment.
The document was signed and dated by the president Tuesday, May 15, 2018, and it included a footnote about Cohen:
“In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as ‘reportable liabilities’ on Part 8, in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump’s attorneys, Michael Cohen.
“Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be $100,001 – $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.”
Additionally, David J. Apol, the acting director of OGE, added a letter addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein specifically acknowledging the disclosure of the repayment:
Yes, amazingly, Apol admits in the letter that Trump had been less than truthful on his 2017 disclosure when he conveniently failed to include the payment to Cohen:
“Today, I certified President Trump’s financial disclosure report signed on May 15, 2018 (for calendar year 2017). OGE has concluded that, based on the information provided as a note to part 8, the payment made by Mr, Cohen is required to be reported as a liability. OGE has determined the the information provided in that note meets the disclosure requirements for a reportable liability under the Ethics in Government Act.”
The former chief of the Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in protest last year, took the initiative to explain what this means with the tweet below:
MSNBC contributor Matthew Miller also says:
Can you imagine the legal trouble Trump will face if the Department of Justice and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein choose to act upon this information?
All things considered, whether it’s this or any other number of scandals (take your pick), odds are this is not going to end well for the president.