On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen said that Trump paid $130,000 to adult-movie star who had previously told people that she had an affair with him a decade before Trump won the U.S. presidency.
Cohen had previously refused storied about the payment, he now said that Trump paid Stormy Daniels whose original name is Stephanie Clifford. The attorney said that Trump used his own money instead of involving the Trump presidential campaign or the Trump Organization. Cohen’s remarks come after a group of watchdog urged that he payout should be taken as an unreported campaign expense, which the attory strongly denied.
Cohen said in a statement Tuesday night, “I am Mr. Trump’s longtime special counsel and I have proudly served in that role for more than a decade.” He went on to say in the statement which was first reported by the New York Times, “In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford. Neither 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.”
However, Cohen who called himself a “fix-it guy” for Trump, didn’t clear the reason behind making a payment to the adult-film star Daniels or whether Trump knew about the payment or reimbursed him. Cohen did not address the follow-up questions about the topic.
Cohen had dismissed the suggestion of payment to Daniels since the Wall Street Journal reported it first in January. Cohen addressed “rumors” that he said, “have circulated time and again since 2011,” in response to that story. The attorney also released a statement bearing the adult-film star’s signature denying that she “received hush money from Donald Trump.”
Her signature also appeared on another statement which denying that she had an affair with him.