Trump discloses 'third party' expense repaid to attorney Cohen

Washington: President Donald Trump has acknowledged for the first time that he repaid his attorney Michael Cohen for a payment of at least $US100,001 ($133,000) made to a "third party" in 2016, according to ethics disclosures signed by the President that were released by the US Office of Government Ethics.

Cohen made a $US130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shortly before the November 8, 2016, presidential election in exchange for her staying silent about an alleged affair she had with Trump.

President Donald Trump has changed his story about a payment his attorney Michael Cohen (centre) made to porn star Stormy Daniels (right).

The payment made by Cohen was between $US100,001 and $US250,000 and there was no interest incurred, the report said.

Trump had previously disputed whether he was aware of the payment by Cohen and if he reimbursed his attorney.

In April, Trump told reporters he did not know anything about the payment.

On May 2, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who joined Trump's personal legal team in April, said that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

Cohen has publicly acknowledged paying Daniels, saying he obtained the cash through a line of credit on his home.


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