Trump's Lawyer Complained About Not Getting Reimbursed for Stormy Daniels Payoff

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At some point after President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, wired $130,000 to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford (whose stage name is Stormy Daniels), the bank he used flagged the transaction and reported it to the Treasury Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The payment to Clifford was in return for her signing an agreement that she would not discuss any details of an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

He also said he wasn't reimbursed by the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization, but he wouldn't comment on whether Trump himself or anyone else repaid him. The hefty transaction, wired through an anonymous limited liability company, drew the attention of First Republic bankers, who reported it to the Treasury Department as suspicious, a second source said.

Cohen admitted in February that the payment was made, but didn't provide the reason for it. The awkward interview featured plenty of jabs at Trump, including Kimmel pulling out dolls that resembled both Daniels and the president.

Trump's Lawyer Complained About Not Getting Reimbursed for Stormy Daniels Payoff

But what seems even more alarming is that the Journal's sources claim the prior deadlines had been missed because Cohen wasn't able to get in touch with Trump before the election and that the lawyer had repeatedly complained to friends that he still hadn't been paid back.

We're told Stormy's camp had questions about how the photo would be used - like whether it would be a direct shot at her - but up until Sunday morning, the Academy had not responded.

President Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House last month.


According to the Journal, proving any violation of campaign finance laws would require evidence of coordination between Cohen and Trump. The project was abruptly cancelled after concerns were raised about a USA presidential candidate making real estate ventures in a foreign adversary's capital.



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