I gave $130000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, says Trump lawyer

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Mr Cohen did not respond directly to that report.

Mr. Cohen has previously said that Mr. Trump has denied an affair with Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels. "We arrive at the point where Michael Cohen's admission that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn star to keep quiet about screwing Donald Trump is supposed to make a sex scandal *go away.* It's February 2018 in America.", another posted.

Revealing new details about the 2016 payment to the actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he wasn't reimbursed. Both accounts were published last month after the report of the 2016 payment.

"I recently became aware that certain news outlets are alleging that I had a sexual and/or romantic affair with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago", Clifford said in a statement. But regardless of where it originated, they argued, it could count as a campaign contribution because it was meant to affect the outcome of the election.

Cohen disclosed his payment in response to a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by Common Cause.

However, Cohen called Common Cause's claims of campaign finance violations "factually unsupported and without legal merit".

"The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone".

The $130,000 payment to Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - was first revealed in a Wall Street Journal report on January 12. Daniels was working at a booth promoting the adult-film company Wicked Pictures.

Trump was a private citizen when the 2006 sexual encounter with Clifford allegedly took place.

In that transcript, Daniels is quoted as mentioning Trump being riveted by "Shark Week" programming that aired when she saw him, his desire to buy her a condo in Tampa and his comments about putting her on "The Apprentice", his television show.

"Michael Cohen" Like Trump, I say it like I see it. Cohen is a crook, just like his master.

He didn't clarify the reason he paid her.

At the time of the payment, Daniels was reportedly in discussions with several media outlets to go public with her story. When she was asked on "Inside Edition" whether she had a sexual relationship with Trump and was paid not to discuss it, Daniels remained silent. His statement does not address whether he was reimbursed by Trump personally. But in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Daniels appeared to disown that statement, saying she didn't know where it came from and the signature didn't look like hers.

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