Trump welcomes end of probe into Stormy Daniels 'hush money' payments
"The Federal Election Commission in Washington DC has totally dropped the phony case against me concerning payments to women relative to the 2016 Presidential Election," Trump said in a statement.
"I thank the Commission for their decision, ending this chapter of Fake News."
The payment, two weeks ahead of the November 2016 election, was allegedly intended to stop Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from disclosing that she had had an affair with Trump years earlier.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to violating campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress and was sentenced to three years in prison.
But Trump has not been charged in the case and the FEC -- which is split equally between Republicans and Democrats -- said Thursday that it was deadlocked and ending its inquiry into the payment to Daniels.
Two Democrats on the commission voted to pursue the case while two Republicans voted to drop it.
"How the FEC committee could rule any other way is confounding."
In a tweet, Daniels said "our legal system is a joke but I'll keep fighting & speaking my truth.
"I was assaulted, threatened, bullied, attacked daily, falsely arrested & had fake charges put on my record because I refused to back down," she said. "Never thought I'd see the day @MichaelCohen212 & I'd be on the same side."