March 2, 2018

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”) respectfully requests that the Office of Government Ethics (“OGE”) exercise its oversight responsibilities to determine whether President Donald J. Trump held a beneficial interest in a limited liability company (“LLC”) that was used by his personal lawyer to make a surreptitious payment to a third party in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election. If he did, the LLC should have been reported as an “interest in property” on the public financial disclosure report (“OGE 278”) President Trump filed with OGE in June 2017.

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, acknowledged that his personal funds were used to “facilitate” a $130,000 payment to Daniels from Essential Consultants, LLC, a Delaware LLC formed by Cohen in October 2016, reportedly to buy her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. It is unknown where the $130,000 originated or what involvement Trump had with the LLC, but any interest he had must legally be disclosed on his public financial disclosure reports, filed with OGE.

Read the letter here.