President Donald Trump has formally disclosed that he reimbursed his personal attorney more than $ 100 ,000 last year , apparently in connection with the payment of hush money to a porn star, government records show .

The disclosure caps a series of contradictory statements from Trump and his representatives on the scandal swirling around lawyer Michael Cohen — which has widened to ensnare major corporations and a Russian oligarch .

The documents released Wednesday by a US government ethics body , do not specify the reason for the payments to Cohen , who paid $ 130 ,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the run – up to the 2016 election .

A footnote to disclosures submitted Tuesday to the Office of Government Ethics said Cohen had incurred “expenses ” on Trump ’s behalf in 2016 of between $ 100 ,001 and $250 ,000 .

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“Mr . Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr . Trump fully reimbursed Mr . Cohen in 2017, ” it said .

Trump ’s filing states that the president was not required to disclose Cohen ’s expenses , but was doing so in the interest of transparency.