Trump’s lawyer con­firms pay­ment to porn star, claims money came out of his own pocket


NEW YORK (New York Daily News/TNS) – Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal lawyer con­firmed for the first time that he paid $130,000 to adult ac­tress Stormy Daniels be­fore the 2016 elec­tions.

Michael Co­hen told The New York Times that he made the pay­ment with his own money af­ter Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, said she had sex with Trump in 2006.

“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 in a state­ment to the Times.

Co­hen, who pre­vi­ously de­nied re­ports of the pay­ment as “com­pletely false,” ar­ranged the pay­ment to Clif­ford’s lawyer through a lim­ited-li­a­bil­ity com­pany he set up just one month be­fore the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, The Wall Street Jour­nal first re­ported in Jan­uary.

On Tues­day, Co­hen ac­knowl­edged the pay­ment and re­futed a com­plaint filed by the gov­ern­ment watch­dog group Com­mon Cause al­leg­ing he broke elec­tion laws.

“The pay­ment to Ms. Clif­ford was law­ful, and was not a cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion or a cam­paign ex­pen­di­ture by any­one,” he said Tues­day.

Co­hen did not elab­o­rate on the de­tails of the pay­ment or whether Trump was made aware of it.

Clif­ford first re­counted the af­fair in 2011 and told In Touch mag­a­zine that she met Trump dur­ing a July 2006 celebrity golf tour­na­ment – just months af­ter Me­la­nia Trump gave birth to their son Barron Trump.

In that in­ter­view, Clif­ford de­scribed a sin­gle sex­ual en­counter with Trump, as well as a sub­se­quent years-long re­la­tion­ship with the re­al­ity TV star.

The In Touch in­ter­view wasn’t printed un­til Jan­uary 2018, af­ter re­ports of the pay­ment first emerged.

De­spite nu­mer­ous pub­lic ap­pear­ances in re­cent weeks, Clif­ford has dodged ques­tions about the al­leged af­fair, while Co­hen has de­nied it.

(John Chen­navasin/Zuma Press/TNS)

ADULT-FILM star Stormy Daniels is seen in Las Ve­gas last year.

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