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

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

The money, which was previously reported to have been brokered by Cohen, raised suspicion after a Wall Street Journal report suggested it was made to prevent Clifford from publicly disclosing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

Responding to the official grievance Mr Cohen said: "The complaint alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution".

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.

And what would move someone to give a six-figure sum to a woman believed to have damaging information about their boss?

Cohen stressed that neither the Trump campaign nor the Trump Organization was involved in the transaction.

The full statement includes a vague suggestion that sometimes it's easier to pay someone off than letting them go through with plans to spread their "fake news" on Good Morning America.


"The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the FEC", said Cohen.

So, if Cohen is to be believed now, why did he release that letter in the first place when he had himself made the payment, as he claims?

He declined to answer several follow-up questions, including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that Mr. Cohen made the payment, why he made the payment or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.

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. During her interview with Kimmel, she effectively confirmed the existence of a non-disclosure agreement regarding her relationship with Trump.

Prior to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month, another statement purportedly from Daniels stated: "I am not denying this affair because I was paid "hush money" as has been reported in overseas owned tabloids". 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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