Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Paid pornstar from 'own pocket' to hush alleged affair, says Trump's lawyer

Paid pornstar from 'own pocket' to hush alleged affair, says Trump's lawyer

"I will always protect Mr Trump".

Mr. Cohen has previously said that Mr. Trump has denied an affair with Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.

Cohen would not respond to any follow-up questions about the payment.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, received a payment of $130,000 from Cohen in 2016, prompting speculation that she was paid money to keep quiet about her interactions with Trump.

In a statement, the White House denied any sexual encounter between Trump and Daniels.

Cohen said in the statement that he does "not plan to provide any further comment on the FEC matter or regarding Ms. Clifford".

It was made in October 2016 through a limited liability company, and could be seen as an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign, which would have exceeded the amount Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules allow.

Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, is said to have made the pay off just one month before the November 2016 presidential vote. The deal was reportedly made in 2016, a month before the U.S. presidential election. Cohen told the Times, "The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit". Any payment by a person such as Cohen on behalf of or in consultation with a candidate to influence an election is an in-kind "contribution" to the candidate under campaign finance law subject to a $2,700 limit and disclosure requirements.

I am Mr Trump's longtime special counsel and I have proudly served in that role for more than a decade. The alleged encounter took place a year after Trump's marriage to his third wife, Melania.

And his book proposal promises a closer and better informed view of Trump, compared with other books that he says were 'based on arm's length observations gleaned over relatively brief periods of time'. Daniels said. "I do not know where it came from". His statement does not address whether he was reimbursed by Trump personally.

Keith Davidson, a lawyer for Clifford, told CNN that Cohen's claim that he paid her out of his own pocket was "in complete harmony with what he informed me of at the time of the transaction". Trump also denies it.

When Kimmel asked about the statement, Daniels avoided directly answering whether she signed it, saying that the signature did not look like hers.

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