Reports on Other 'Suspicious' Michael Cohen Transactions Have Gone Missing


Novartis AG said Wednesday its general counsel is retiring from the company in connection with its $1.2 million payments to a company owned by Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, as the Swiss drugmaker battles to contain the fallout from the arrangement.

The disclosures, released by the USA government ethics body, do not specify the reason for the payments to Michael Cohen, who paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Daniels has alleged she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, a claim he denies.

Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham that the United States president was "fully aware" of the disclosure and "endorsed the strategy".

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.

The disclosure did not specify what the reimbursement was for, and gave just a range: $101,000-$250,000.

A whistleblower who leaked financial information about Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's finances to the media did so because files about Cohen were missing from a government database, sparking concerns about a potential cover-up, according to a new report from The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow.

Today I certified President Trump 's financial disclosure report signed on May 15, 2018 (for calendar year 2017).

Forbes stated that Trump's financial disclosure was submitted on Wednesday and that it lists a debt to Cohen, something that was omitted the year before. "Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017". Dillon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The report estimated the holdings are worth at least $1.4 billion.

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 past year. The report shows he took in $75 million from his Miami golf course and resort a year ago, $25 million at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and $15 million from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Some of the 12-month figures for his properties are down from his previous report, but that earlier report covered about 16 months and so it is not directly comparable.

When Trump took office, he refused to fully divest from his global business, instead putting his assets in a trust controlled by his two sons and a senior executive. But the president retains ownership of those businesses, through a trust, and can take money out of them at any time.

The official told the New Yorker they were anxious the information was being withheld from law enforcement, so they released the remaining documents. The document revealed that Cohen was paid by the pharmaceutical company Novartis, the telecommunications giant A.T. & T., and an investment firm with ties to the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.