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Trump lawyer 'demanded $1 million from Qatar for access to president'

Trump lawyer 'demanded $1 million from Qatar for access to president'

Cohen had earlier confirmed that days before the November 2016 presidential election, he had paid Dollars 130,000 to Daniels for her not to go public about her intimate relationship with Trump.

"Although the contract was legally in order, it was an error", Ehrat said in a statement.

Swiss medicine company Novartis AG said it paid almost $1.2 million to Trump's lawyer, while other companies came forward saying they had hired Cohen for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

US President Donald Trump has formally disclosed he reimbursed his attorney more than US$100,000 (S$134,000) a year ago, apparently in connection with hush money.

The Office of Government Ethics released Trump's disclosure form on Wednesday. In February, Cohen said he was never reimbursed for payment to Daniels.

This year's report shows Trump paid Mr Cohen more than $100,000 for expenses incurred in 2016, although it does not specify the goal of the reimbursement. The agency reviewed the form and made it public yesterday.

Then last week, Avenatti put out a compendium of bank transactions that showed post-election payments to Cohen from big companies like Novartis and AT&T - which said he offered himself as a consultant with close ties to the new administration.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, broke his promise to make a $2 million payment that was due Monday under the settlement of his firm's bankruptcy, a new lawsuit alleges.

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Mr Cohen also stands accused of seeking to cash in on his proximity to the President, after it emerged he received millions of dollars from a Russian oligarch and major corporations seeking access to the administration.

"This is tantamount to a criminal referral, "said Walter Shaub, the former director of the OGE under Trump who has since become one of his chief critics".

Giuliani said he takes issue with whether the payment "even had to be disclosed" at all.

"I have no interest in television right now", Avenatti told the Times. "I think it is an expenditure that was reimbursed".

The Justice Department could now look into whether the payment to Daniels should have been disclosed under campaign finance laws, but there's no indication of an active investigation into that matter. "He didn't know about it".

Giuliani said there was no debate about whether to reimburse Cohen.

"In turn, that means that Trump committed a crime if the omission was 'knowing and willful, "Shaub wrote".

Trump's 2018 report - filed Tuesday and made public Wednesday - also provides insight into the president's still-vast real estate empire, which Trump continues to own while the day-to-day management is handled by his family.