Eli Ridder | The Post

Michael Cohen, longtime personal lawyer of United States President Donald Trump, admitted to privately paying adult porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in 2016 on Wednesday in a statement to U.S. media. 

The Wall Street Journal reported on Jan. 12 that Mr. Cohen had paid the hush money in October 2016 so Daniels would deny ever having an alleged affair with then-presidential candidate Trump.

Daniels, formally Stephanie Clifford, said in a 2011 interview with InTouch magazine that she had an affair with the president in 2006, shortly after Trump’s wife Melania gave birth to his youngest son Barron.

However, on Wednesday, Cohen made clear that while the money was paid but did not confirm that any affair occurred.

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payments, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen told The New York Times on Wednesday.

Cohen has previously stated that the president “vehemently denies” it occurred, and even told the Federal Election Commission it was a political contribution to the Trump campaign.

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

Although Clifford has been tight-lipped about the alleged affair so far, The Wall Street Journal indicated she was in talks to make a tell-all television appearance over the incident.

“Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage,” Cohen told CNN news agency.

“I will always protect Mr. Trump.”


More details to follow. Image of Michael Cohan from Business Insider. 

 

 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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