Ethics Office Refers Trump's Porn-Star Hush Money To US Prosecutors

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However, two months after Trump signed the letter, Sater and Cohen were still waiting to hear back from their contacts in Russian Federation giving them the go-ahead to travel to the country.

Gleason says he consulted Michael Cohen, the embattled private attorney of President Donald Trump, years earlier about Schneiderman accusers.

After the one meeting in NY with Novartis staff, Cohen occasionally contacted Novartis, at one stage suggesting it build a new USA factory. The president denies the affair, and initially denied all knowledge of the payment, which Cohen has acknowledged was meant to stop her from going public with the allegations.

Mr Trump previously denied knowing of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.

Mr Trump's payment to Mr Cohen was first confirmed a fortnight ago by Rudy Giuliani, another of the president's attorneys, in a television interview.

But Trump's lawyers have said that the Trump reimbursed Cohen for a $130,000 hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence over her alleged affair with Trump.

Trump listed the reimbursement to Cohen in his financial disclosure report.

Michael Cohen's attorney, Steve Ryan, won't discuss the $500,000 Michael Avenatti says Cohen received from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg in 2017.

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The Office of Government Ethics, which oversees the financial-disclosure documents, said in its own footnote that it had concluded Trump had to report the payment to Cohen in a section that detailed Trump's legal liabilities over the course of 2017 and the first half of 2018.

Mr. Ehrat, who has been Novartis' group general counsel since 2011, made the decision to retire "in the context of discussions" surrounding the payment to President Trump's personal lawyer.

Cohen is under investigation by the FBI, which raided his home and office last month and seized documents that included information about the payment to Daniels.

"No", Trump said. "I don't know".

As anyone whose work has ever involved dealing with SARs knows, the reports are highly confidential, and there aren't really any safe harbor provisions for their disclosure.

The messages about Trump Tower Moscow, which were sent to Russian-born Trump associate Felix Sater, are now in the hands of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

At an investor event at Novartis headquarters in Basel on Wednesday, Narasimhan apologised again over what he said was the drugmaker's latest ethical blunder and pledged the company would do better.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was quick to point out Giuliani's apparent lack of familiarity with the truth.

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