President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE’s lawyer complained to friends following the 2016 election that he had not been reimbursed for his payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Michael Cohen paid Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement that ensured she would not speak about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump.
Cohen last month acknowledged that he made the payment, and denied it violated any campaign finance laws.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen was working to secure a deal with Clifford’s representatives in October 2016, but was unable to track down Trump. As a result, he used his own funds to wire money to Clifford’s lawyer.
Cohen’s bank later flagged the wire transaction as suspicious and reported it to the Treasury Department, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Neither Cohen’s bank nor Clifford’s lawyer’s bank commented to The Wall Street Journal.
Clifford reportedly threatened to cancel the nondisclosure agreement just days before the 2016 election.
A manager for Daniels said last month that she now believes that Cohen’s comments about the payment have broken the nondisclosure agreement, leaving her free to talk about the affair.