President Donald Trump has submitted his annual financial disclosure with the Office of Government Ethics, the agency tweeted on Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the form contains details about the $130,000 hush payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels. The Washington Post reports, however, that in a letter the ethics office sent to Rod J. Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, David J. Arpol indicated that, in fact, "the payment is required to be reported as a liability", raising questions about the president's failure to report the payment in last year's disclosure.
The document filed by President Trump states that he disclosed the payment "in the interest of transparency" and not because he was required to do so.
Last year's disclosure revealed that Trump's total income from January 2016 through January 2017 was somewhere between $600 million and $650 million.
It will also be scrutinized for any sign of the hush money payment made to Daniels. Trump, who has denied having a sexual relationship with Daniels during his marriage to First Lady Melania Trump, said earlier this month that he reimbursed Cohen. The reimbursement was paid in full in 2017, and Cohen had requested the money for expenses incurred in 2016.
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Personal gifts disclosed by Trump include golf-related items from two professional golfers: a golf bag and clubs worth $1,150 from Kevin Streelman and $750 clubs from Bryson Dechambeau.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has contended that Trump should have reported the reimbursement previous year.
The exact figure specified in the financial disclosure is said to be between $100,000 and $250,000.
But ethics officials said in a note on his form that they have concluded otherwise. The agency reviewed the form and made it public on Wednesday.
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