Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, solicited a payment of at least $1 million from the government of Qatar in late 2016 in exchange for access to and advice about the then-incoming administration, according to several people with knowledge of the episode.
The unnamed whistleblower, who reportedly spent a career in law enforcement, told New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow he grew anxious when he was unable to find two SARs on attorney Michael Cohen's financial dealings in the database.
Trump said that he repaid a $130,000 payment that Cohen made to Clifford just days before the presidential election in 2016 and suggested that the payment by Cohen to the actress could not be considered a campaign contribution. The president denies the affair, and initially denied all knowledge of the payment, which Cohen has acknowledged was meant to stop her from going public with the allegations.
Karen McDougal, another former Playmate who received a hush money payment from AMI, the pro-Trump media conglomerate that publishes the National Enquirer, alleged that Davidson was secretly communicating with Cohen while he was representing her.
The Office of Government Ethics has also concluded that the payment to Cohen "meets the disclosure requirement for a reportable liability".
Trump's filing states that the president was not required to disclose Cohen's expenses, but was doing so in the interest of transparency.
Stormy Daniels is suing to be released from the hush agreement reached with Cohen, claiming it is invalid because Trump never signed it.
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Mr Trump had previously disputed whether he was aware of the payment by Mr Cohen and whether he reimbursed him.
Mr Trump's acknowledgment that he reimbursed Mr Cohen puts the president "at the middle of all of the campaign finance violations", said Paul Ryan, head of litigation at Common Cause.
His continued ownership of the golf venues has been criticized by opponents, who say it blends personal and public business, allowing him to profit from the presidency.
Meanwhile, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics has filed a complaint against Trump.
The two SARs in question reportedly show transactions totaling about $1 million in bank transfers over the span of about seven months, and some $2 million in activity during a three-month period ending in September 2017.
The White House confirmed that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence filed their financial disclosures Tuesday, along with the reports of some 25,000 senior executive branch officials, but declined to comment further.
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