Donald Trump is having a pretty sh*tty week and it’s far from being over. Yesterday, Donald Trump was forced to file his financial disclosure report, which gave some pretty interesting insights into the $130,000 in hush money that his personal longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, gave to adult film star Stormy Daniels to hide their affair. That financial disclosure revealed that Cohen was in fact reimbursed for the payments, which is something that both Trump and Cohen have been lying about since this whole Stormy mess started.
Now that he’s been caught in a blatant lie, it’s just been reported that the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has reported the president to the Department of Justice over this new information about the payment. Former Department of Justice spokesperson Matt Miller referred to the letter as “essentially a criminal referral to DOJ for Trump making a false statement in a previous financial disclosure.”
Finally, all of this is catching up to the president.
Miller also stated:
Fascinated by OGE’s decision to make this referral public. Leaves DOJ no choice but to open at least a preliminary investigation into Trump for false statements (if he wasn’t already a subject in the Cohen inquiry, which he might be).”
Walter Shaub, the former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, also made a statement about the OGE’s decision, going a step further:
This is tantamount to a criminal referral. OGE has effectively reported the president to DOJ for potentially committing a crime.”
Trump has been trying to outrun his Stormy Daniels scandal for a while — and it looks like he’s finally been cornered with nowhere to turn. His financial disclosure report may be just the thing to ensure that Trump is held accountable for all of his unethical behavior.