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Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Says the $130K Hush Money Payment from Trump's Lawyer Was Explicitly Tied to the 2016 Election

The newest revelation implies that the Michael Cohen's $130,000 payment was a form of campaign spending.

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Michael Avenatti revealed for the first time Thursday night that the $130,000 hush money his client received from President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen was explicitly tied to the 2016 election, suggesting that the payment raises serious questions about campaign finance law.

Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stephanie Clifford (better known as Stormy Daniels), made the comments on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with host Lawrence O'Donnell.

"Are you aware of any communication with your client, or your client's counsel, in October of 2016 as they were closing this settlement agreement, that involved the timing of the campaign?"

"I've never been asked this question, and it's perhaps one of the most important questions, " "There were extensive communications between Michael Cohen and [Clifford's then-lawyer] Keith Davidson in October 2016 relating to the time of the payment and the need for the payment to be made before the election." 

He added that the potential influence on the election was also discussed. This is particularly significant, because if the payment was specifically made because of the election, federal law may consider it to be a campaign contribution, which raises a host of legal challenges for the president and his lawyer.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.