Giuliani is still confused about basic facts of Stormy Daniels hush payment

Novartis top lawyer quits over Cohen payments

Novartis top lawyer quits over Cohen payments

About 36 after Giuliani first revealed that Trump reimbursed Cohen, the president distanced himself from his lawyer, telling reporters "he will get his facts straight" and "virtually everything that's been said has been said incorrectly".

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.

"I am providing both reports to you because you may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing", David Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

While the disclosure did not specify the objective of the payment, Cohen has said he paid $130,000 to Ms Daniels in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election to keep her from going public about her allegations that she had sex with the married Trump in 2006.

Trump's income from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has come under scrutiny for being a top choice for foreign dignitaries, almost doubled, from about $20 million in the 2016 report to just over $40 million a year ago.

Qatar turned down Cohen's offer, made weeks before Trump's inauguration in January 2017, the Post reported, citing several people with knowledge of the situation.

"No", Trump said. "I don't know".

Giuliani said there was no debate about whether to reimburse Cohen. And I think it - that the OGE, the Office of Government Ethics, basically agreed with us that it has been fully disclosed. In February, Cohen said he was never reimbursed for payment to Daniels.

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The law enforcement official who leaked a document detailing Michael Cohen's financial records said he was driven to pass along the information because he noticed two other documents were missing from a federal database.

The Cohen footnote appears in a report giving the first extended look at Mr Trump's revenue from his properties since he became president. In all, Trump's vast array of assets - hotels, resorts, books, licensing deals and other business ventures - generated revenue a year ago of at least $453 million.

His Washington, D.C., hotel near the Oval Office, a magnet for diplomats and lobbyists, took in $40 million.

The Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president frequently escaped for winter weekends, collected more than $25 million last year, down from $37 million from last year's report.

Mr. Trump listed liabilities of at least $250 million, with Deutsche Bank as his biggest creditor.

After a string of media appearances earlier this month that created more problems for the president than they solved, Rudy Giuliani made his return to the Trump-friendly programming of Fox News on Wednesday night. But the president retains ownership of those businesses, through a trust, and can take money out of them at any time.

His report shows that Mr Trump received $64,840 from the Screen Actors Guild pension fund.

Cohen also stands accused of seeking to cash in on his proximity to the president, after it emerged he received millions of dollars from a Russian oligarch and major corporations seeking access to the administration.

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