Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Trump, reportedly solicited – and paid for – a small tech firm to manipulate poll data to favor Trump in the lead-up to his presidential run.

Cohen paid John Gauger, owner of RedFinch LLC and the CIO at Liberty University with whom the lawyer had an ongoing relationship, to take measures to pump up Trump’s position in polls conducted by CNBC and the Drudge Report, promising a $50,000 payout, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which also claimed that $13,000 of the money was given to Gauger in a blue Walmart bag in Cohen’s Trump Organization office in Trump Tower.

Cohen denied the cash transaction, saying that “all monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check,” the Journal reported.

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