The Hill: Shaub: DOJ Must Investigate if Trump Knew About Cohen Debt


Former federal ethics chief Walter Shaub is calling for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether President Trump purposefully omitted a request from his longtime lawyer to be reimbursed more than $100,000 in 2016.

Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), questioned whether Trump knew about his debt to his attorney Michael Cohen when the president filed his financial disclosure forms last year, which covered calendar year 2016.

"If DOJ investigates and determines that President Trump knew of his debt to Cohen when he filed last year’s report, there will be reason to suspect that his omission of the debt from last year’s report was ‘knowing and willful,’ which would be a crime," Shaub, who now works at the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement.

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