FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2018
CONTACT: Jordan Libowitz
202-408-5565 | [email protected]
Washington—In response to President Trump’s admission of his liability stemming from the Stormy Daniels payment on his public financial disclosures, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:
“The revelation of a liability to Michael Cohen on President Trump’s public financial disclosures stemming from the Stormy Daniels hush money payments suggests we were right in our previous complaint and raises serious questions as to why it was not disclosed in last year’s filing. It is good that in the face of overwhelming evidence and public pressure, the president came clean about this liability on this year’s form, but we now have to wonder how many other liabilities for similar payments he has that he still has not disclosed because he has not been publicly called out on them.
Office of Government Ethics Director David Apol today sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein referencing CREW’s prior complaint and explaining that OGE has determined the loan must be disclosed in case that is relevant to any inquiry the Department of Justice is conducting relevant to the President’s 2017 financial disclosure. If the Department is not already investigating the President’s failure to disclose the loan last year, it should open an investigation immediately.”
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Jordan Libowitz at 202-408-5565 or [email protected].