President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, declared on Tuesday that the Trumps were not involved in a $130,000 “private transaction” he personally made to Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who purportedly had an affair with Donald Trump. Cohen’s admission came following a complaint filed by government watchdog group Common Cause, which had claimed that the $130,000 payment to Daniels, which was made through a limited liability company created by Cohen, had been an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.
“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,” Cohen told The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
Daniels, who in 2011 spoke about her alleged affair with Trump to the magazine In Touch and the gossip website TheDirty.com, was reportedly paid by Cohen just a few weeks before Election Day. Daniels had since refused to elaborate on her relationship with Trump except to contradict reports that claimed she denied having an affair with him, but her silence on the topic will soon be over, according to Daniel’s manager, Gina Rodriguez. Rodriguez said that Daniels considered Cohen’s comments a violation of the non-disclosure agreement, and that she was now shopping a book proposal that would include details of the alleged affair.
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Rodriguez said.
According to The Wall street Journal, Daniels isn’t the only woman to have been paid to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the reality TV star turned commander in chief. The Journal reported that the company that owns the National Enquirer, a backer of Donald Trump, allegedly paid former Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 to keep quiet her alleged affair with him.
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