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Stormy Daniels controversy: What we know
Porn star Stormy Daniels’ coy interview with Jimmy Kimmel raises more questions than answers in relation to her alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006.
The latest twist in the convoluted story of what happened between President Donald Trump and an adult film star more than ten years ago has a turn Tuesday, with Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, claimed that he paid the porn star of 130,000 US dollars from the own pocket.
Michael Cohen, the lawyer who has worked for trump for over a decade, said in a statement obtained by Fox News, the 2016 transaction with Stomy Daniels was legitimate and not a campaign contribution or campaign expenditure “by anyone.”
“Neither the Trump organization the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Mrs. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, directly or indirectly,” the statement.
Both Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels have denied reports of a “hush money-money payout.
Trump Stephanie Clifford met that goes by the name Stormy Daniels in the movies, at a golf event in 2006 — a year after Trump’s marriage to his wife, Melania. According to The Wall Street Journal report, Clifford a conversation with ABC News in the fall of 2016 for a story with an alleged relationship with trump began, but 130.000 US-Dollar-deal reached to go a month before the election, prevented to the public.
Stormy Daniels in 2009. Michael Cohen, President of Trump’s personal attorney, said he paid her $ 130,000 out of his own pocket.
The New York Times first reported on Cohen ‘ s payment. The paper said Cohen refused to answer follow-up questions, such as whether or not Trump knew about the payment.
Cohen told the newspaper he had delivered a similar statement to the Federal Election Commission, the watchdog in response to a lawsuit by Common cause, a government. The watchdog asked to investigate the FEC, the source of the payment and determine whether it represents an excessive campaign contribution.
He called the accusations “groundless” and said that he does not plan ” to further comment on the FEC matter.”
Fox News’ Ed Henry, Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report.