Office of Government Ethics Confirms Cummings’ Concerns on President’s Failure to Disclose Payments Funneled to Stormy Daniels
Office of Government Ethics Confirms
Cummings’ Concerns on President’s Failure to
Disclose Payments Funneled to Stormy Daniels
Cummings Renews Calls for Oversight Committee to
Investigate—Despite Silence from Chairman
Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government, issued a statement in response to a determination made by the Office of Government Ethics that President Donald Trump failed to properly disclose payments to Michael Cohen to reimburse adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels:
“Today’s determination by the Office of Government Ethics confirms exactly the concerns I raised more than a week ago in a letter asking Chairman Trey Gowdy to investigate President Trump’s payments and whether they violated federal law. President Trump was required by law to report that he ‘funneled’ money through Michael Cohen to reimburse a secret payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, but he concealed these payments, and we still do not know why. I have yet to receive any response from the Chairman about when—or whether—the Oversight Committee will investigate this egregious violation. It is time for Republicans in Congress to stop shielding President Trump from congressional oversight.”
On May 4, 2018, Cummings sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy requesting that the Committee launch an investigation and obtain documents relating to whether President Trump violated federal law by concealing the reimbursements to Ms. Clifford through Mr. Cohen.
Under federal law, it is a crime to knowingly and willfully make a false or fraudulent representation to a federal office or entity or to use “any false writing or document” that contains such a false or fraudulent representation.