Trump’s personal attorney admits paying porn star out of own pocket


Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to porn movie actress Stormy Daniels,  who claimed she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to the New York Times.

Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment. Cohen’s statement about what he called “a private transaction” was the first time that he had acknowledged a role in the payment.
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“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,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

Read: Columnist Frank Cerabino on Stormy Daniels

He declined to answer several follow-up questions, including  including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that Mr. Cohen made the payment, why he made the payment or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years, according to the report.

Cohen has previously said that Mr. Trump has denied an affair with Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels. She has said the affair took place soon after Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron.

Daniels has parlayed her new-found fame into television appearances and a travelling strip show, which will make a stop in West Palm Beach for four shows on April 13 and 14.

Dubbed the Make America Horny Again - a twist on Trump’ campaign slogan Make America Great Again - the shows will be at Ultra’s Gentlemen’s Club - formerly T’s Lounge, at 312 S. Congress Avenue - across the street from Trump International Golf Club.

“We, being the closest club to Mar-a-Lago and directly across the street from Trump’s International Golf Course, feel she is going to be a huge hit!” Stacy Saccal, the general manager of Ultra’s Gentlemen’s Club, at 312 S. Congress Avenue, told Post columnist Frank Cerabino.

Show times and the cover charge have not been set, Saccal said.


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