Trump lawyer bro­kered $130,000 pay­ment to porn star: re­port

The Hamilton Spectator - - WORLD & CANADA - JEFF HOR­WITZ WASHINGTON —

U.S. President Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal lawyer bro­kered a $130,000 pay­ment to a porn star to pre­vent her from pub­licly dis­cussing an al­leged sex­ual en­counter with Trump, ac­cord­ing to a re­port Fri­day in The Wall Street Jour­nal.

Trump met Stephanie Clifford, whose goes by the name Stormy Daniels in films, at a golf event in 2006 — a year af­ter Trump’s mar­riage to his wife, Me­la­nia. Ac­cord­ing to the Jour­nal’s re­port, Clifford be­gan talk­ing with ABC News in the fall of 2016 for a story in­volv­ing an al­leged re­la­tion­ship with Trump, but reached a $130,000 deal a month be­fore the elec­tion, which pre­vented her from go­ing public.

Trump’s long­time at­tor­ney Michael Co­hen ar­ranged for the pay­ment through Clifford’s lawyer, Keith David­son, the Jour­nal re­ported.

In a state­ment to the Jour­nal, Co­hen did not ad­dress his role in ne­go­ti­at­ing the sup­posed pay­ment but said Trump de­nies any such re­la­tion­ship with Clifford. Clifford has pre­vi­ously de­nied an al­leged re­la­tion­ship with Trump.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, the White House is­sued a state­ment call­ing the Jour­nal’s story “old, re­cy­cled re­ports, which were pub­lished and strongly de­nied prior to the elec­tion.”

Co­hen also ac­cused the Jour­nal of per­pet­u­at­ing “a false nar­ra­tive for over a year.”

Just days be­fore the 2016 elec­tion, the Jour­nal pub­lished a story stat­ing that the Na­tional En­quirer — run by David Pecker, a fer­vid sup­porter of Trump — had paid $150,000 to si­lence for­mer Play­boy Play­mate Karen McDou­gal about a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship she al­legedly had with Trump a decade ago.

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The White House de­nied a re­port that Don­ald Trump paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money.

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