Trump’s lawyer: I did pay porn star €106k hush money

Pal says lies could harm Pres­i­dent

Irish Daily Mirror - - SQUARE EYES - BY MIKEY SMITH mikey.smith@mir­ror.co.uk

Porn star Stormy Daniels DON­ALD Trump’s per­sonal lawyer has ad­mit­ted pay­ing a porn star €106,000 weeks be­fore the 2016 elec­tion but re­fuses to say why.

Michael D Co­hen in­sists the huge sum paid to Good­will Hump­ing star Stormy Daniels was a “pri­vate trans­ac­tion” out of his own pocket.

Ms Daniels was paid to keep quiet about hav­ing sex with Pres­i­dent Trump, 71, in

2006, it has been claimed.

But Mr Co­hen has said his boss “ve­he­mently de­nies” an af­fair, said to have oc­curred just af­ter wife Me­la­nia gave birth to son Bar­ron.

Ms Daniels, 38, first claimed she had slept with Trump in a 2011 in­ter­view, say­ing: “The sex was text­book generic. It was noth­ing crazy. One po­si­tion, what you’d ex­pect some­one of his age to do.”

Asked why he paid the porn star – who has also ap­peared in The Witches of Breast­wick and Op­er­a­tion: Desert Stormy – Mr Co­hen said: “Just be­cause some­thing isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or dam­age.

“I’ll al­ways pro­tect Mr Trump.” He added: “Nei­ther the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion nor Trump cam­paign was party to the trans­ac­tion.”

But crit­ics point out that he did not ex­plic­itly deny Trump him­self knew of the pay­ment.

An­swer­ing a watch­dog group claim the pay­ment could be seen as un­de­clared pres­i­den­tial cam­paign funds, Mr Co­hen went on: “Nei­ther re­im­bursed me for the pay­ment, ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly.

“The pay­ment to Ms Clif­ford was law­ful, and not a cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion or ex­pen­di­ture.” Daniels and Trump in 2006

GOOD­WILL PAY­MENT PAID UP Mr Co­hen FIRST LADY OF PORN

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