President Donald Trump’s private legal professional mentioned Tuesday he paid $130,000 US out of his personal pocket to a porn actress who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.
Michael Cohen mentioned in a press release to The New York Times that he was not reimbursed by the Trump Organization or the Trump marketing campaign for the payment to Stormy Daniels, whose actual identify is Stephanie Clifford.
Cohen wrote, “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
Cohen informed the Times he had delivered an identical assertion to the Federal Election Commission in response to a grievance filed by Common Cause, a authorities watchdog group.
Common Cause had requested the FEC to examine the supply of the $130,000 payment and decide whether or not it represented an extreme marketing campaign contribution. Cohen informed the Times, “The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Cohen had organized the payment to Clifford in October 2016 to hold her from publicly discussing the alleged sexual encounter in the course of the presidential marketing campaign. Cohen denied there was an affair.
Per week later, In Touch journal revealed a 2011 interview with Clifford during which she claimed she and Trump had a sexual encounter after assembly at a golf match in Lake Tahoe, Nev., a yr after Trump’s marriage to his third spouse, Melania.
At the tip of January, Daniels mentioned in a press release that the alleged affair by no means occurred. But in an look on Jimmy Kimmel Live later that day, Daniels appeared to disown the assertion, saying she did not know the place it got here from and the signature did not appear to be hers.
In the hours after the present, Daniels’s lawyer and public relations supervisor each reaffirmed her dedication to the sooner denial, and an look on one other nationally broadcast discuss present was cancelled.