The key detail in Ronan Farrow's stunning report on Michael Cohen's finances

President Donald Trump reported having paid his personal attorney more than $100,000 as a reimbursement for a payment made

US President Donald Trump has formally disclosed that he reimbursed his personal attorney more than US$100,000 (S$134,000) a year ago, apparently in connection with the payment of hush money to a porn star, government records show.

Qatar declined the offer, which came a few days before a December 12 meeting that year at Trump Tower between the Persian Gulf state's foreign minister and Michael Flynn, who became Trump's first national security adviser, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Cohen is now faced with a federal investigation into his business dealings and the payment he made to an adult film star who claimed to have an affair with Trump in 2006.

Mueller's investigation has increasingly focused on Cohen and includes his work on Trump Tower Moscow, his personal business holdings and any payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

David Apol, the acting director of the ethics office, said in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the original payment made by Mr Cohen should have been disclosed in ethics documents that Mr Trump filed in June 2017.

"In 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen", Trump reported in a footnote to his official Personal Financial Disclosure report, required of top federal officials.

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Details emerged last week on how Cohen leveraged his relationship with Trump to receive millions of dollars from companies eager for insight and entry into the new president's inner circle.

Mr Cohen, whose records relating to the settlement were seized in an FBI raid last month, is now reportedly under criminal investigation. The claim is the latest in a string of maneuvers that have bedeviled Trump and Cohen. Some payments made to Cohen were marked as "bribery or gratuity" and "suspicious use of third-party transactors (straw-man)" by banks.

During this time, it seems that Cohen was antsy about what he would tell Trump if the future president asked him about progress on the project.

The scandal engulfing Cohen has opened a new front in the legal challenges dogging Trump, grabbing headlines from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ominous investigation into possible collusion between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation. He also said the decision was not related to Trump's presidential campaign. The President reimbursed that over the period of several months.

The disclosure shows millions in 2017 income from rents, licences, book and television royalties, company shares, hotel management fees and golf courses, with interests from India to Dubai.

"Frankly I love the idea that the Office of Government Ethics says that everything is fully disclosed and therefore its ethical", Giuliani told CNN.

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