Trump finally submitted his 2017 financial disclosures and may prompt *another* criminal inquiry

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 was the deadline for Donald Trump and White House personnel to submit their 2017 financial disclosure statements to the public. At the last minute, Donald Trump complied and his disclosure included at least one item that appears to be triggering a new criminal investigation: Donald Trump claims that he did, in fact, reimburse his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, $130,000 for the hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Cliffords) in 2016. David Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, acknowledged receipt of the financial disclosure and specifically flagged it in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

MSNBC justice and security Analyst Matthew Miller summarized the above letter as “essentially a criminal referral.”

In fact, if Donald Trump “knowingly and willfully” omitted the payment, he did break federal law. From NBC News:

Federal law requires White House officials, including the president, to “report liabilities owed to any creditor that exceeded $10,000 at any time during the reporting period.” It is illegal to “knowingly and willfully” omit or falsify information on disclosure forms, a crime punishable by a fine and up to one year in prison.

As Miller noted, by releasing this letter publicly, the Department of Justice will now be forced to act, one way or another.

Of course, none of this would be a problem if Donald Trump were capable of telling the truth from the start. Shout out to Stormy Daniels for continuing her quest for the truth—and the right to tell her story.

Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, (C) also known as Stormy Daniels speaks to the media next to her lawyer Michael Avenatti, after a court hearing outside the US Courthouse in New York on April 16, 2018..President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months over his business dealings, and FBI agents last week raided his home, hotel room, office, a safety deposit box and seized two cellphones. / AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sharon Pretty Weasel
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Sharon Pretty Weasel

It’s pretty clear that, as is consistent with Malignant Narcissists, trump has lied so much and so often that he can no longer distinguish between the two. He more often than not remains a resident in his own personal la-la land. His penchant for boastful bullshit, as in the case of his total misrepresentation of his ability to “handle” Kim Jong Un and his nukes. He is totally out of touch with reality. Drag his inept ass out of the House he stole by any means necessary.