According to the Wall Street Journal, the $130,000 President Donald Trump's attorney paid adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 president election was not reimbursed, opening the possibility that the payment violated campaign finance law.
The Journal also reports that the bank Michael Cohen used to wire the money to Daniel's attorney had flagged the transaction as suspicious and alerted the U.S. Treasury Department, per a source familiar with the situation.
Michael Cohen, wired the money to a lawyer for former actress Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, from an account at First Republic Bank . The money was received on Oct. 27, 2016, 12 days before the presidential election, another person familiar with the matter said. It isn’t clear when First Republic reported it to the government as suspicious.
Mr. Cohen said he missed two deadlines earlier that month to make the $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford because he couldn’t reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign, the person said.
The Journal's source indicated the money was in return for Clifford signing a nondisclosure agreement regarding an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump.
After Mr. Trump’s victory, Mr. Cohen complained to friends that he had yet to be reimbursed for the payment to Ms. Clifford, the people said.
Cohen replied only with "fake news" when asked for comment on the matter.
Mr. Cohen had said last month that he had “facilitated” the payment using his own funds, that the deal was a private transaction and that it didn’t violate any laws. He said he wasn’t reimbursed by the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization, his former employer, but declined to answer questions about whether he was reimbursed by Mr. Trump or anyone else.
Both Cohen and the White House have insisted there was no sexual relationship between Trump and Clifford.