Transcript for Trump's annual financial report disclosed
And we begin with breaking developments involving president trump and the payment, the money he now admits he paid his attorney and friend, Michael Cohen. President trump's personal financial disclosure report was made public today, showing he reimbursed Cohen for up to $250,000, the exact amount was not clear. The president told Americans on air force once he was unaware of any payment to stormy Daniels, and said you'd have to ask my lawyer. ABC's Kyra Phillips leading us off. Reporter: Just last month, president trump claimed he knew nothing about his lawyer Michael Cohen's hush payment to stormy Daniels. Did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy Daniels? No, no. Reporter: But today, the presidentofficially acknowledged page back Cohen himself last year. It's buried in a footnote on page 45 of his mandatory personal financial disclosure report. In 2016, expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen. Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017 between $100,000 to $250,000. It was the president's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who first broke the news trump repaid Cohen for the hush money. They funneled through a law firm and then the president repaid it. Oh, I didn't know that he did. Yeah. Reporter: The president says he formally disclosed the payment today, "In the interest of transparency," insisting he is not required to do so. But the office of government ethics disagrees, writing in its own footnote, "The information related to the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported." Today's documents also reveal business is booming at the president's Washington hotel. Trump international pulling in more than $40 million last year. Also doing well, mar-a-lago. $25 million in 2017. Many of the world's great leaders request to come to mar-a-lago. Reporter: As for how it all affect the president's bottom line? We still don't know. Mr. Trump refuses to release his tax returns. This year, he filed for an extension. And live tonight from the white house. And Kyra, president trump says he did not have to disclose his payment to Michael Cohen, that he did it in the interest of transparency, but the office of government ethics tonight saying that's not true, they've informed the justice department. Reporter: That's right, David. Ethics officials want to make sure the department of justice has all these documents. It's unclear, though, whether they're going to pursue an investigation, but there are questions tonight about whether the president was required to disclose this payment last year. David? Kyra Phillips leading us off tonight. Kyra, thank you.
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