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White House officials had previously said the investigation was underway when the accusations from his two former wives came to light last week. Here’s what we know about the events.

“A private transaction”

• President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer paid $130,000 from his own pocket to Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic-film actress known as Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Mr. Trump.

“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” the lawyer, Michael Cohen, told The Times.

He has previously said that Mr. Trump denies the affair.

The lawyer’s involvement was first reported by Maggie Haberman, one of our White House correspondents. She recently discussed the art of interviewing, and gave her predictions for 2018.

Charges recommended for Israeli leader

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the Israeli police said…



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