Michael D. Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer for President Trump admitted to the New York Times on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket. The payment was made after Trump had an affair with Daniels only months after his son was born.
The 2016 payment was made in 2016 and Cohen offered the following explanation to the New York Times:
“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. The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
Trump’s closest advisors have made it a habit of throwing themselves under the bus to protect the President from legal litigation that could arise from his personal activities. After admitting to the payment, Cohen declined requests to answer more questions. When asked if Trump knew of the payment, he wouldn’t reveal what led to the payment.
The admission of guilt arrives after Cohen originally denied the affair.
Refusing to call it what it was, a payoff or hush money, Cohen said it was a “private transaction.”
Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, met President Trump during a golf tournament and followed Trump to his private penthouse suite where they engaged in small talk and sex.
Cohen Already Revealed The Payment To The U.S. Government
Cohen admitted to giving a similar statement to the Federal Election Commission in response to a complaint filed by the government watchdog group Common Cause. The group questioned if the payment was made by the Trump organization or a personal benefactor.
“The complaint alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution,” Mr. Cohen said in his statement. “The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C.”
So there you have it, the 45th POTUS of the United States had an affair with a porn star, paid her off, and remains in office.
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