Trump lawyer complained he wasn't reimbursed for Stormy Daniels payment

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A Wall Street Journal report published Monday blows a wide hole into claims Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 out of his own money.

After Trump's shock victory over Hillary Clinton, Cohen is said to have complained to his friends that he had not been paid back for sending the funds to Clifford.

The report also mentioned that the First Republic Bank, through which Cohen made the payment, flagged it as suspicious and reported it to the Department of Treasury. That revelation relied on background sources described as "people familiar with the matter, " but Cohen, when reached for comment about this and other details, said "Fake News".

According to TMZ, Daniels was contacted by producers of the show, who asked her permission to use a now well-known picture of herself and Trump at a golf clubhouse in 2006. The President of the United States has a non-disclosure agreement with a porn star and his personal attorney wired her $130,000 just 12 days before the election, and the transaction was flagged as suspicious, yet it barely makes a dent in our ever-churning news cycle.

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Previously, Cohen and White House representatives have denied Trump and Daniels had sexual relations. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone".

'Not that I'm aware of, ' the press secretary responded. 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. 'I'd refer you to Michael on that, ' she added, passing the ball back to Cohen.

City National Bank launched its own inquiry into the transaction a year after it occurred, which one of the Journal's sources said was an unusual move.

Advocacy group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, asking for an investigation into whether the payment to Daniels violated election law.

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