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Michael Cohen says he paid tech firm to rig online polls 'at the direction of' Trump

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Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court on Nov. 29, 2018 in New York City. Copyright Drew Angerer Getty Images file
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By Dartunorro Clark with NBC News Politics
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, paid a small tech firm $50,000 to rig online polls in Trump's favor before the presidential campaign in early 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, confirmed on Thursday that he paid a small tech firm to rig online polls before the 2016 presidential campaign got underway "at the direction of and the sole benefit of" Trump.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the payment and attempted poll manipulation. The Trump Organization declined to comment to the newspaper.

"As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging, what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump@POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it," Cohen said in a tweet.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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