Washington: The Manhattan district attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal charges against the Trump Organisation in relation to Michael Cohen’s payment to an adult film actress in exchange for her silence during the presidential campaign, The New York Times reported.

Cohen, the former lawyer of Trump, received $130,000 from Trump Organisation, which the company recorded as a legal expense, according to the report, which cited two officials with knowledge of the matter.

But Cohen on Tuesday claimed the amount he received was for the payment he made to Ste­pha­nie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, during the 2016 presidential poll campaign to stop her from going public with her claims about an alleged affair with Trump, the Times reported.

The district attorney’s office is considering starting a state probe to look into how the company accounted for that reimburse­ment and whether the business records were falsified, the report said.

Such actions could be charged as a low-level felony or misdemeanor, but would become a felony if it’s done to commit or conceal another crime, it added.

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