They also raise the possibility that the president of the United States violated federal campaign-finance laws.
"He told federal prosecutors he conferred with Mr. Trump in the weeks before the 2016 election about paying Stephanie Clifford, the former adult-film star known professionally as Stormy Daniels, to keep quiet about her allegations of a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump", the WSJ reports.
The WSJ reported that President Donald Trump is directly implicated in the payoffs of alleged mistresses Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal during the 2016 election and was "involved in or briefed on almost every step of the agreements".
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer for US President Donald Trump, leaves federal court on August 21, 2018, in NY.
According to the Journal, Trump met with friend David Pecker-a media executive who owns the National Enquirer-in Trump Tower in 2015, and asked Pecker what he could do to help the Trump campaign. And according to the Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors have extensive evidence that Trump was indeed a central figure in coordinating the hush money schemes, despite his previous denials.
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, looks at her attorney Michael Avenatti, after making a statement to reporters at a federal court in NY, on April 16, 2018.
In mid-2016, Trump requested that Pecker kill a story from McDougal, who'd said she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago, by buying her silence, the Journal said.
NBC News reported in August that Trump was directly involved in the payments after Michael Cohen, his former lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations, including two counts related to hush-money payments made to women that he said he made at the direction of Trump.
Cohen said when he was sentenced that he was directed by the candidate - Trump himself - to carry out these acts.
Both McDougal and Daniels/Clifford have filed lawsuits to break their non-disclosure agreements and speak about the affairs.