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

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The document, however, did not explicitly say what the payments were for.

Jimenez said he also made a mistake in not seeking to end payments to Michael Cohen immediately after Novartis quickly determined that he would be of little help.

Al-Rumaihi told the Post that Cohen made the solicitation in early December at the Peninsula Hotel in NY, an account Siegfried confirmed.

The disclosure has raised fresh questions as to whether the payment covered hush money to silence Stormy Daniels, a former porn star who claims to have had an affair with Trump.

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday on MSNBC that there is a possibility he could gain two more clients with payments from President Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen.

The head of the nation's ethics office is questioning why President Donald Trump didn't disclose previous year that he owed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified "expenses". It says Trump "fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017".

Earlier this month, Rudy Giuliani - the former Mayor of NY who recently joined President Trump's legal team - revealed in a TV interview that Trump reimbursed Mr Cohen for a $130,000 payment used to keep Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, quiet about an alleged affair in 2006.


Rumaihi said Wednesday that Cohen first asked for the money, and Rumaihi refused, several days before the Trump Tower meeting, when the two saw each other at the Peninsula Hotel in NY.

The recent revelation that Trump attorney and all-around fixer Michael Cohen had a shell company called Essential Consultants and that, despite not being a registered lobbyist, he appeared to be selling access and influence to the President of the United States has been reverberating in legal and political circles. Last month, his home, office and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with records of the payment to Daniels among the materials seized.

Mr Giuliani said the transaction was to keep Ms Daniels quiet about her "false and extortionist accusation" that she had sex with Mr Trump, suggesting her claim could have damaged his candidacy.

Vice President Mike Pence has released his annual financial disclosure, reporting a pension plan from the state of IN worth between $500,000 and $1 million and credit card debt between $15,000 and $50,000.

Under U.S. law, all top government officials are required to file annual financial disclosure documents with the agency.

The form also shows the President's golf courses missed par a year ago earning $67 million less than before he took office. Both Mr. Avenatti and Mr. Scaramucci attended a party thrown by Mr. Sures during the White House Correspondents Dinner weekend last month in Washington.

The report also showed Trump earned between $230,000 and $1.1 million in capital gains income on stock in iPhone maker Apple, Caterpillar, Microsoft and Pepsico.

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