President Trump’s longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, claims he personally paid $130 thousand to former porn star, Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.
Cohen confirmed previous news reports describing the potential cover-up, saying that he paid Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) a month before the 2016 presidential election.
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment,” Cohen said.
The lawyer claims that he notified the Federal Election Commission of the arrangements after Common Cause, a non-profit government accountability group, filed a complaint alleging that the payment was of illegal nature.
According to Cohen, the transaction was “lawful” and was not seen as a Trump campaign contribution nor as a campaign expenditure.
Trump’s attorney did not explain why he made the $130 thousand payment to Daniels without seeking reimbursement or for what the money was for in the first place. He stressed that Trump and Daniels did not have any sexual encounters in 2006. However, Cohen declined to answer Tuesday when asked if the payment was intended to silence the former porn actress before the 2016 election.
Daniels was quoted in a 2011 interview where she claimed that Trump had a sexual encounter with her after meeting at a gold tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This would have taken place a year after his marriage to Melania Trump, the current First Lady of the US.
However, at the end of January of this year, Daniels said via a written statement that the alleged affair never took place. This affirmation was later retracted during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Daniels said that she didn’t know where the statement came from and the signature didn’t look like hers.
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