"Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 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.
A government watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the president's disclosure of the liability to Mr. Cohen "raises serious questions" about why he didn't disclose the repayment in last year's filing.
On Wednesday the director of the ethics office, David Apsol, said that Trump should have reported the payment to Cohen previous year.
President Donald Trump has filed a financial disclosure report that reveals a payment to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Mr Trump bought the five-star Doonbeg resort in 2014, reportedly for €9 million.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels or knowing anything about that payment but his new lawyer Rudy Giuliani has acknowledged the USA president had in fact reimbursed Cohen for the payoff.
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"I'm giving you a fact now that you don't know".
The 92-page report lists Mr. Trump's more than 200 property holdings, including Trump Tower in NY and his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, valued at more than $50 million. Daniels says she had an affair with the president.
Trump's latest form said the reimbursement was being reported "in the interest of transparency", though it did not have to be disclosed as a reportable liability. "It is absolutely stunning that we've reached the point where the President of the United States appears to have lied to U.S. Office of Government Ethics about a payoff to a porn star".
The ethics disclosure draws a clearer connection between Trump and Cohen and further underlines inconsistencies in descriptions provided by Trump and aides about the payments. Still, Trump can take back control of the trust at any time and he's allowed to withdraw cash from it as he pleases.
The report also disclosed the income Trump collected from several of his marquee properties, including what he has described as the "Winter White House" in Palm Beach, Fla.