Published: Wed, February 14, 2018

Trump's lawyer says he paid Stormy Daniels from his own pocket

Trump's lawyer says he paid Stormy Daniels from his own pocket

The New York Times first reported that Cohen had said he made the payment himself.

"The complaint alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution", he said.

During an appearance on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show last month, Daniels denied having an affair with Trump saying, "I do not know where it came from".

Cohen said he was not reimbursed by Trump for the payment to Daniels, adding that the payment was legal.

Another chapter will address in detail Cohen's lawsuit against BuzzFeed News over the media outlet's decision to publish a former British spy's dossier on Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

Cohen's statement was first shared with The New York Times.

But, with my apologies, let me focus on one really small part of the story: Does Cohen actually say he paid the $130,000 out of his own pocket?

Trump has denied the affair. The deal was reportedly made in 2016, a month before the USA presidential election.

His statement follows demands by Common Cause, a government watchdog group, that the payment be investigated by the Federal Election Commission.

Cohen did not answer questions as to why he made the payment.

I am Mr. Trump's longtime special counsel and I have proudly served in that role for more than a decade.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Tuesday night.

In January, the Wall Street Journal reported that Clifford received the payment a month before the presidential election.

Trump was a private citizen when the 2006 sexual encounter with Clifford allegedly took place. Daniels was working at a booth promoting the adult-film company Wicked Pictures.

In a 2011 interview with InTouch magazine, the actress said she began a sexual relationship with Mr Trump in 2006, shortly after Melania Trump gave birth to his son Barron.

"No issue was too big, too sticky or too oddball for me to tackle", Cohen wrote in his proposal.

Clifford, who appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on January 30 did not confirm nor deny the affair.

The proposal also states that Cohen's book will delve into the "complexities and nuances of the Trump family" and that Trump pretends to be insane to create "an incredibly effective smoke machine" that has fooled people formerly close to him, including ousted chief strategist Steve Bannon. Rodriguez, her representative, emailed The Post after that interview to say Daniels signed the statement in front of her and Daniels' lawyer.

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