Five days after a lawyer for Donald Trump's lawyer paid $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels allegedly in exchange for her silence about a year-long affair with Trump, the company owned by Donald Trump billed his campaign a series of transactions that added up to exactly $129,999.72 -- just 28 cents short of the payment made to Daniels.
The anomaly --- first noticed by Twitter user Susan Simpson --- has gone viral online and raised questions about whether Trump' s campaign received an illegal campaign contribution related to the alleged payment to Daniels. Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, has since admitted to making the payment to Daniels, but said it came from his own money and had no connection to Donald Trump's campaign, ABC News reported.
But there are now growing concerns that the payment to Stormy Daniels amounts to an illegal campaign contribution to Donald Trump. The nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause made a complaint to the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission claiming that the payment amounted to an in-kind donation to Donald Trump's campaign, but was not reported.
And the White House this week appeared to inadvertently confirm that Trump was involved in a legal matter with Stormy Daniels, a sharp break from the denials that he was involved with the adult film star in any way. In a session with reporters, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders bragged that Trump had already won arbitration against Daniels.
As ThinkProgress noted, that statement accidentally confirmed what the White House had previously been denying.
"If Trump in fact won some sort of arbitration procedure against Daniels, that indicates there is some sort of agreement between Trump and Daniels, because if Trump was never involved with her, there'd be nothing to arbitrate," the report noted.