Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Stormy Daniels: Trump lawyer 'paid $130000' to porn actress

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Faye Gross | 14 February, 2018, 18:07

Last month, America got the scandal it deserves right now when The Wall Street Journal reported that longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to former porn star Stormy Daniels weeks before the 2016 election, in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with the president.

Cohen said he was not reimbursed by Trump for the payment to Daniels, adding that the payment was legal.

Common Cause had asked the FEC to investigate the source of the $US130,000 payment and to determine whether it represented an excessive campaign contribution.

At the end of January, Daniels said in a written statement that the alleged affair never occurred. In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms Stephanie Clifford.

Cohen did not say if Trump had been aware of the payment, nor did he reveal the objective of it. "I will always protect Mr Trump".

News later confirmed the story. But on Tuesday, Cohen's statement denied that accusation and said the monetary exchange was "lawful" and "not a campaign contribution".

NY attorney general files lawsuit against Weinstein
Telephone and email messages seeking comment from Weinstein and the company were not immediately returned. The Met Police are now investigating nine different accusations from women against Weinstein.


Trump was married at the time of the affair and his wife Melania had just given birth to their son. But In Touch magazine published a 2011 interview with Daniels last month in which she expounds at length and in detail on their relationship and what she described as their "textbook generic" sex.

It follows United States media reports that the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels was paid to sign an agreement stopping her discussing an alleged affair.

In his proposal, Cohen points out that he, unlike other authors who have written about Trump, has had a long relationship with Trump.

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Trump's office has strenuously denied paying her hush money to sweep the scandal under the carpet.

Her signature also appeared on another statement which denying that she had an affair with him. Rodriguez, her representative, emailed The Post after that interview to say Daniels signed the statement in front of her and Daniels' lawyer.

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