Trump at­tor­ney made pay­ment to porn ac­tress from his own pocket

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal lawyer has told the New York Times he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who once said she had an af­fair with Trump.

The long-time Trump at­tor­ney, Michael Co­hen, said he was not re­im­bursed for the pay­ment to the ac­tress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who goes by the stage name of Stormy Daniels, the Times re­ported on Tues­day. Co­hen told the news­pa­per the pay­ment was le­gal but de­clined to give de­tails such as why he made it or if Trump was aware of the pay­ment at the time.

“Nei­ther the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion nor the Trump cam­paign was a party to the trans­ac­tion with Ms. Clifford, and nei­ther re­im­bursed me for the pay­ment, ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly,” Co­hen said, ac­cord­ing to the Times. “The pay­ment to Ms. Clifford was law­ful, and was not a cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion or a cam­paign ex­pen­di­ture by any­one.”

US me­dia re­ports have said the pay­ment was made one month be­fore the Novem­ber 2016 elec­tion to keep the li­ai­son quiet.

Trump was a pri­vate cit­i­zen when the 2006 sex­ual en­counter with Clifford al­legedly took place.

He was mar­ried at the time and his wife Me­la­nia had given birth to their son less than four months ear­lier.

The pay­ment was first re­ported last month by the Wall Street Jour­nal. AFP

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