14 August 2018

Trump's lawyer paid porn actress from own pocket

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US President Donald Trump has been mired in a sex scandal, surrounding his alleged affair with a porn star back in 2006, something he has strongly denied. informs that Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen told the New York Times that he had paid $130,000 from his own pocket to a porn star who had alleged that the US president had a sexual affair with her back in 2006 a month prior to the 2016 US presidential election.

According to the lawyer, he didn't receive any money from the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign to pay Stephanie Clifford, commonly known by her stage name Stormy Daniels.

"The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone," Cohen said, adding that he delivered the same statement to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The FEC was asked by Common Cause, a government watchdog, to investigate the source of the $130,000 payment. At the same time, according to the lawyer, "the allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit."

Cohen's statement comes a month after the Wall Street Journal published a report alleging that the porn star was paid $130,000 in October 2016 to keep silent over her affair with Trump that allegedly occurred a decade beforehand, a year after Trump had married Melania.

The same month, Cohen released a statement in Clifford's name, where the actress denied any affair. However, Clifford herself hasn't publicly denied an affair, refusing to directly answer the question about it.
At the same time, a week after the Wall Street Journal report, In Touch magazine published a 2011 interview with Clifford, where she admitted to having had a sexual affair with Trump after meeting at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

2018.02.14 / 18:25
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