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

ImageStephanie Clifford known as Stormy Daniels. She once claimed to have had an affair with Donald J

The bank President Trump's personal lawyer used to pay $130,000 to a former porn star to keep quiet about an affair with Trump flagged the transaction as suspicious and reported it to the Treasury Department, a report on Monday said.

In February, Cohen told CBS News that neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign "was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment".

In January, campaign finance group Common Cause filed a complaint, announcing that Cohen's payment violated election law because the money "was unreported in-kind contribution to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc".

Reached by CBS News, the Treasury Department would neither confirm nor deny that the transaction had been flagged.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, nearly cancelled the non-disclosure agreement that Cohen had drawn up after he failed to meet two payment deadlines, a source said.

But per the WSJ report, after Trump won Cohen was complaining about how "he had yet to be reimbursed for the payment to Ms. Clifford".

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.

But Daniels detailed her steamy affair with Trump in a 2011 interview with InTouch Magazine.

The Wall Street Journal story, however, presents a very different narrative.

Daniels' team reportedly responded to the email from the Academy with questions about the photos use, including whether or not it would be tied to a direct shot at her. The bank started an inquiry into the payment a year after the payment arrived.

Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week to investigate whether Cohen coordinated the payment with Trump or his campaign. The project was abruptly cancelled after concerns were raised about a US presidential candidate making real estate ventures in a foreign adversary's capital.



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