Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Did Michael Cohen Want Trump To Repay Him For Stormy Daniels Hush Money?

The bank used by President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, to wire $130,000 to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, has reported the suspicious payment to the Treasury Department.

Cohen wired the money on October 27, 2016, 12 days before the presidential election, from a First Republic Bank account.

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.

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.”

Cohen has claimed the cash was his own way to help Trump by making Daniels’ “false” claim disappear. The Wall Street Journal also reported that friends said Cohen complained about not being reimbursed for the six-figure payoff, undercutting his own claim.

The lawyer’s response to the Wall Street Journal’s request for comment? “Fake News.”

Contact Haley Cohen at




Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.