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Novartis general counsel resigns over deal with Trump lawyer

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed earlier this month that Trump repaid Cohen for a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Last year, Trump did not disclose any debts to Cohen, who executed a payment of $130,000 to Clifford less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels or knowing anything about that payment but his new lawyer Rudy Giuliani has acknowledged the United States president had in fact reimbursed Cohen for the payoff.

The group general counsel of Swiss pharma company, Novartis, has stepped down from his role, taking personal responsibility for what he has described as the "erroneous" agreement made with Essential Consultants, which is owned by Michael Cohen (President Trump's attorney).

Al-Rumaihi told Cohen that Qatar expected to invest in Trump plans to solicit investment in a US infrastructure program, the Post reported.

While many pundits called Giuliani's disclosure a gaffe, Giuliani said at the time that he was working in sync with Trump.

Stormy Daniels is suing to be released from the hush agreement reached with Cohen, claiming it is invalid because Trump never signed it. Dillon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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"OGE has determined that the information provided in that note meets the disclosure requirements for a reportable liability under the Ethics in Government Act".

That letter was written in response to a complaint from a watchdog organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which said that Trump should have reported the payments to Cohen in last year's disclosures.

Shaub, who served as the ethics czar during President Barack Obama's second term, noted that Apol's letter to Rosenstein is tantamount to a "criminal referral". The value of the payment ranged from $100,001 to $250,000.

In April, Mr Trump said he was unaware Mr Cohen had paid Ms Daniels just before the 2016 election.

Giuliani initially made the revelation about the payment in a Fox News interview.

The payments have raised a number questions of ethics and campaign finance law: whether Cohen improperly combined his personal money with those of a client and whether the payment constituted a loan or contribution to Trump's campaign.

The newly-released financial documents also offered a glimpse of the performance of two of Trump's flagship hotels: the Trump International Hotel in Washington - which has attracted crowds of lobbyists, lawmakers and foreign governments with business before the federal government, and Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, dubbed the "Winter White House".

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