Trump lawyer sought $1m from Qatar in late 2016

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David Apol, the acting director of the ethics office, said in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the original payment made by Mr Cohen should have been disclosed in ethics documents that Mr Trump filed in June 2017.

The payment by Cohen to actress Stormy Daniels was made in the last weeks before the 2016 presidential election, as part of a non-disclosure agreement meant to ensure Daniels would not speak about the alleged affair publicly.

He has also baited Team Trump and the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, regularly mocking the former mayor on TV and Twitter and questioning his legal skills.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly", Cohen said in a statement to the New York Times. Check back for updates. Trump repaid Cohen $100,001 to $250,000 in 2017, according to a footnote in the filing.

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee backed up the American intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election to help Mr Trump.

Texts and emails sent by President Trump's fixer Michael Cohen show that his work on a Trump Tower Moscow deal continued at least through May 2016, well after January 2016 end-date Cohen previously claimed, Yahoo News reported Wednesday evening.

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Sater, who worked closely with Trump and had an office in the president's NY tower, reached out to Cohen in May 2016 and tried to gauge when Trump could fit the trip to Moscow into his busy campaign schedule. He reportedly fears that investigators will use him to get to the president.

He had told Cohen that Qatar was interested in investing in Trump's planned infrastructure projects for the United States, when the lawyer said he could help Doha find projects to sponsor, in exchange for $1 million up front.

Cohen has repeatedly said the potential deal was dead in January 2016, but BuzzFeed News reported Thursday that Cohen and Sater were still working on the project well into Trump's campaign in 2016 and that a meeting between Trump and Putin in Russian Federation was not finally ruled out until July 2016.

The form also shows the President's golf courses missed par previous year earning $67 million less than before he took office.

Cohen was the target of raids last month in an investigation by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, after a referral from Mueller. They later spoke again outside a meeting in Trump Tower in NY on December 12, 2016, where al-Rumaihi was part of a Qatari delegation that included Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Thani, the Post reported.

Novartis admitted last week it was paying Cohen $100,000 a month.

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