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U.S. president Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time in an ethics disclosure released on Wednesday that he repaid more than $100,000 (€84,575) to former personal attorney Michael Cohen, renewing questions about Mr Trump's ties to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Yahoo News reported that while Cohen claimed he stopped pursuing Trump World Tower Moscow in January 2016, text messages and emails obtained by prosecutors and congressional investigators suggest he was still working on the deal in May 2016, when Trump was cinching the Republican presidential nomination.

Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham that the United States president was "fully aware" of the disclosure and "endorsed the strategy".

Trump has previously denied knowing about that payment or reimbursing Cohen.

Trump repaid Michel Cohen for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000.

Glynn, who served as the general counsel at the Office of Government Ethics from 1997 to 2008, said the letter to the Department of Justice is significant and unusual and that if Trump intentionally filed an inaccurate disclosure a year ago, he may have violated the law.

"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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The Trump Organisation referred questions about the disclosure report to the president's lawyer Sheri Dillon of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

The Cohen footnote appears in a report giving the first extended look at Trump's revenue from his properties since he became president. The filing released Wednesday capped the amount Trump paid back to Cohen in 2017 at $250,000, leaving more than $200,000 of the amount Giuliani mentioned unaccounted for. Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters on the reports.

The disclosure form said that Trump has about $1.5 billion in assets.

Trump's income from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has come under scrutiny for being a top choice for foreign dignitaries, almost doubled, from about $20 million in the 2016 report to just over $40 million previous year. His Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, received $25 million, and his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, generated $15 million. "He hasn't made a single allegation against the president".

The debt figures are given in broad ranges in the report and capped at $50 million, so it's unclear just how much Trump actually owes. But the president retains ownership of those businesses, through a trust, and can take money out of them at any time.

For operating New York's Wollman Rink in Central Park, the president took in $9.3 million.

At least an additional $1.1 million came from operations in the Philippines and Istanbul and at least $558,000 from Panama, where the Trump family had a branded condo and hotel complex, which was renamed earlier this year after a dispute with condo owners.

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