Former top government ethics official: Payments companies made to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen were like nothing I've ever seen

Michael Cohen. Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said the payments a handful of companies made to President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen were like nothing he’s ever seen before.

Shaub, who served in that role under President Barack Obama and briefly under Trump, told Business Insider in a conference call that it is still hard to determine the overall significance of the payments.

“I

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