2016 ELECTION/FEC/MICHAEL COHEN: “The Federal Election Commission said on Thursday [May 6, 2021] that it had formally dropped a case looking into whether former President Donald J. Trump violated election law with a payment of $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election to a pornographic-film actress by his personal lawyer at the time, Michael D. Cohen.

The payment was never reported on Mr. Trump’s campaign filings. Mr. Cohen would go on to say that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 race, and would apologize for his involvement in a hush-money scandal. Mr. Cohen was sentenced to prison for breaking campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress.”

-Shane Goldmacher, “F.E.C. Drops Case Reviewing Trump Hush-Money Payments to Women,” nytimes.com, May 6, 2021