Trump’s lawyer admits to paying porn star $135,000 prior to election

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Michael Cohen is one of the closest people to President Donald Trump.  His office in Trump Tower is just steps away from Trump’s.  While he didn’t have an official role in the campaign, he is the president’s long-time personal lawyer, who was known as someone who took care of problems.  Now, he is admitting to paying tens of thousands of dollars to a porn star.  

The announcement of a payment is the first admission he did pay Stormy Daniels and in the past, Cohen has said, “if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn’t like, I do everything in my power to resolve it”. 

Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels has reportedly sent mixed messages over whether she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 at a Lake Tahoe Golf Tournament, years before he came president but just months after wife Melania Trump gave birth to their son, Baron.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, allegedly admitted to the affair in a 2011 interview but has since issued a statement denying it.  Now, the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, is admitting to paying the porn star using $135,000 of his own money just before the 2016 election.

Cohen said in a statement, “Neighter 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.  The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful and was not a campaign contribution or campaign expenditure by anyone”.  Cohen did not say whether Mr. Trump knew he made the payments. 

Reports of an alleged affair between Daniels and President Trump resurfaced after a Wall Street Journal report alleged that she was paid $130,000 just before the election to keep her from publicly discussing her relationship with Trump during the presidential campaign.  And, In Touch Weekly published a transcript of a 2011 interview with Daniels in which she said Trump, then a reality TV star, invited her to his suite where they later had sex.  And, Trump then allegedly promised her a role on The Apprentice and Daniels saying the affair with Trump lasted about a year.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live following the State of the Union, Daniels would not confirm nor deny any of the details:

Kimmel: “Is any of that true?”

Daniels: “Define true.”

Kimmel: “Do you have a nondisclosure agreement?”

Daniels: “Do I?”

Cohen’s admission comes as the government watchdog group Common Cause had asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate the source of the payment to Daniels and to determine whether it was an illegal use of campaign funds.

–Serena Marshall, ABC News

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