The pieces of the Donald Trump/Michael Cohen puzzle continue to come together. Last month Trump said he didn’t know about the $130,000 payment his lawyer made to Stormy Daniels. Then two weeks ago Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani said Trump had in fact repaid Cohen the money. As if that wasn’t head spinning enough, Trump noted two days later that Giuliani still had to get “his facts straight.” Now the latest fact is, according to Trump’s newly filed financial disclosure, Trump did reimburse Cohen a similar amount of money. ABC News reports:
“President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is mentioned in a footnote on page 45 of the report.
‘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.'”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 16, 2018
We may have discovered why Rudy Giuliani disclosed the "reimbursement" to Michael Cohen. It is detailed on page 45 of @realDonaldTrump financial disclosure: https://t.co/fZLdN4yaam They knew it would come out, so they tried to get ahead of it.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) May 16, 2018
NEW: Ethics office sending letter to Rod Rosenstein stating that Michael Cohen's payment on behalf of Trump was a debt and may be relevant to "any inquiry" Rosenstein may be pursuing. pic.twitter.com/e22Jfuozic
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) May 16, 2018
The financial disclosure also gives a good look at the performance of Trump’s businesses, as outlined by The New York Times.