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Trump files his annual disclosure form, the White House says amid Stormy loan speculation


President Donald Trump filed his annual financial disclosure form Tuesday – amid anticipation about whether he will disclose a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

‘President Trump and Vice President Pence filed their financial disclosure forms with the Office of Government Ethics today, May 15th. The forms will be available through the Office of Government Ethics,’ White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a brief statement.

The contents of the form are expected to come out soon.

President Donald Trump filed his annual financial disclosure form Tuesday

President Donald Trump filed his annual financial disclosure form Tuesday

Trump’s disclosure, which includes all of 2017 and part of 2018, is being closely watched by ethics experts to see whether he will disclose the $130,000 paid to porn star Stormy Daniels on his behalf by his attorney Michael Cohen.

The upcoming report will also be the first extended look at how Trump’s businesses have performed since he became president in January of last year.

The president is required to fill out the form, as thousands of other federal government employees.

But Trump’s case this year is of particular interest because of the Stormy Daniels saga – and statements by his own representatives and his own claims on Twitter.

Trump's annual disclosure is being closely watched for how he will handle Stormy Daniels payments

Trump’s annual disclosure is being closely watched for how he will handle Stormy Daniels payments

Boxing Trump in is a statement by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, the newest member of his legal team, who made stunning revelations about the payment in an interview with Fox News.

“Funneled through a law firm, and the president repaid it,” Giuliani said earlier this month.

After a slew of Giuliani TV appearances that put Trump in potential jeopardy, he said Giuliani would get his facts straight. 

If the $130,000 was in fact a loan from Cohen, Trump would be obliged to report it.

Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, wrote on Twitter: ‘Today’s the day! No more sleeps until the President’s financial disclosure report is due. He must finally come clean about his debt to Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment… and any others. There are no loopholes.’

Trump did not reveal the payments on his 2017 form.

Trump told reporters earlier this year aboard Air Force One that he didn’t know about the loan.

If he didn’t know about the 2016 loan until later in 2017 for some reason, he would still have to disclose it now.

Wrote Shaub in USA Today: ‘The question is whether Trump will disclose that debt, as well as any others he might have omitted,” Shaub wrote. “The answer should be easy, but the president is in a difficult position. He left out the Daniels-related debt in the financial disclosure report he filed on June 14, 2017.

If, however, it was something Cohen did on his own to benefit the Trump campaign, it could implicate campaign finance laws which provide strict limits on contributions and have their own disclosure requirements.

Trump’s previous report, covering January 2016 through the first few months of 2017, showed he had at least $1.4 billion in assets and at least $594 million in income.

President Donald Trump has submitted his annual financial disclosure to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and it is expected to be released publicly in the coming days.

Trump’s disclosure, which includes all of 2017 and part of 2018, is being closely watched by ethics experts to see whether he will disclose the $130,000 paid to porn star Stormy Daniels on his behalf by his attorney Michael Cohen.

The upcoming report will also be the first extended look at how Trump’s businesses have performed since he became president in January of last year.

Trump’s previous report, covering January 2016 through the first few months of 2017, showed he had at least $1.4 billion in assets and at least $594 million in income.



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