Trump lawyer says he paid porn ac­tress out of his own pocket

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITYBEAT -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal at­tor­ney said Tues­day he paid $ 130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn ac­tress who al­legedly had a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with Trump in 2006.

Michael Co­hen said in a state­ment to The New York Times that he was not re­im­bursed by the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion or the Trump cam­paign for the pay­ment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford.

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

Co­hen told the Times he had de­liv­ered a sim­i­lar state­ment to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion in re­sponse to a com­plaint filed by Com­mon Cause, a gov­ern­ment watch­dog group.

Com­mon Cause had asked the FEC to in­ves­ti­gate the source of the $ 130,000 pay­ment and de­ter­mine whether it rep­re­sented an ex­ces­sive cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion. Co­hen told the Times, “The al­le­ga­tions in the com­plaint are fac­tu­ally un­sup­ported and with­out le­gal merit.”

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