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The long-term personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump has admitted privately paying an adult film star $130,000 (£95,000) in 2016, in a statement to US media.

It follows US media reports that the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels was paid to sign an agreement stopping her discussing an alleged affair. She first said she had a relationship with Mr Trump in a 2011 interview.

The lawyer has previously said Mr Trump "vehemently denies" it occurred.

Responding to questions from CNN about why the payment was made, Mr Cohen said: "Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage."

"I will always protect Mr Trump," Mr Cohen added.


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Donald Trump's lawyer and all-around fixer Michael Cohen has said he doesn't plan "further comment" on his six-figure payment to Stormy Daniels. His statements, however, raise more questions than they answer.

While he said the money came from his "personal funds" and was not reimbursed directly or indirectly by the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign, that leaves open the possibility that he was compensated by other parties - including Mr Trump himself.

Why, in his generosity, would Mr Cohen give $130,000 to Ms Daniels? The Wall Street Journal has reported that it was in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement about a decade-old affair between Mr Trump and Ms Daniels.

Circumstantial evidence - that Ms Daniels had been in contact with media outlets prior to the transfer and has since gone silent - lends credence to this line.

Even though the alleged affair is long since past, a story about possible hush money and an attempted cover-up just weeks before the presidential election is much more dangerous for a White House already on its heels.

And if it turns out there's more to the money trail than has been disclosed, an embarrassing situation could quickly morph into a criminal inquiry.


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"On 30 January, Ms Daniels' publicist released a statement in her name denying having an affair with Mr Trump.

But many - including Ms Daniels herself - were quick to note that the signature attached to that denial did not bear much resemblance to another copy of her autograph which had been attached to an earlier statement.

That denial had been released by Mr Cohen on 10 January."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-14 12:30 PM | Reply

Stormy Daniels Payment May Be Illegal, Even If It Came From Trump's Lawyer
By Margaret Hartmann

In the full statement, Cohen says he's responding to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission that "alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws." While he insists that the allegations are "factually unsupported and without legal merit," nothing in Cohen's statement disproves them -- unless one actually believes that he gave Clifford a massive sum of money for reasons that have nothing to do with his boss.

If the point of the payment was to keep Clifford's tawdry tale from hitting the press in the days after the Access Hollywood tape, then it may have violated campaign finance laws regardless of where the money came from.

Cohen using his "own personal funds" for the payment could be viewed as his donating $130,000 to the Trump campaign, far more than the maximum allowed donation of $2,700. Some noted that Cohen never denies that Trump was personally involved in paying Clifford or reimbursing him.

There's no limit on candidates' contributions to their own campaigns, but if the money came from Trump the individual, rather than his campaign or business, he still would have been legally required to disclose it.

In this administration, potentially violating campaign finance laws by paying off a porn star isn't even the biggest scandal of the week."

excerpts, lots more at the link


#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-14 12:43 PM | Reply

I guess these guys forgot about what happened to John Edwards.

Michael Cohen's Porn Star Payment Just Left Trump Open to Criminal Charges

#3 | Posted by qcp at 2018-02-14 12:59 PM | Reply


Actually, the Edwards case is thoroughly discussed and compared at the link in #2... thanks for the Attempted Deflection, though.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-14 01:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Attempted deflection, what are you talking about? Sorry I interrupted your own private-----------. You can go back to replying to yourself over and over now.

#5 | Posted by qcp at 2018-02-14 01:06 PM | Reply

"I guess these guys forgot about what happened to John Edwards."

No one forgot anything.

That is why John Edwards was never President.

And is exactly why Trump paid his hooker $130,000 to keep her mouth shut until AFTER the election.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-14 01:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Sorry, I misread who you were referring to as "these guys".

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-14 01:11 PM | Reply

ALSO.... this thread already up


#8 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-14 01:36 PM | Reply

Not one peep on FoxCo. Nothing. In fact, they bitch about Melania! I keep asking my bud who is a Fox addict and he has never heard the name Stormy Daniels on Fox, ever. Fox is a blatant intelligence agency extension.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-02-14 08:01 PM | Reply

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