Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Says He Paid Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket

Mr. Cohen’s statement about what he called “a private transaction” was the 1st time which he had acknowledged a role within the payment, which was first reported in January by The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Cohen said which he had given a similar statement to the Federal Election Commission in response to a complaint filed by the government watchdog group Common Cause, which contended which the payment, made through a limited liability company which Mr. Cohen established, was an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.

Photo

Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels. She once claimed to have had an affair with Donald J. Trump.

Credit
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Officials with Common Cause also sought to determine whether the payment was made by the Trump Organization or another person.

“The complaint alleges which I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution,” Mr. Cohen said in his statement. “The allegations within the complaint are factually unsupported in addition to without legal merit, in addition to my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C.”

He said he could not make any additional comments about the commission complaint “or regarding Ms. Clifford.”

Mr. Cohen was among Mr. Trump’s fiercest defenders during his time at the Trump Organization, often telling reporters during the 2016 presidential campaign which even false information about Mr. Trump could be damaging if printed. Ms. Clifford had told her story to the magazine In Touch in 2011, as well as the gossip website TheDirty.com. Both accounts were published last month after the report of the 2016 payment.

In fall 2016, Ms. Clifford was Just as before in discussions with news outlets, which time more mainstream. The payment via Mr. Cohen reportedly came a few weeks before Election Day — around the same time as the Discharge of the “Access Hollywood” tape which showed Mr. Trump boasting about grabbing women’s genitals without their consent.

Ms. Clifford has not publicly denied an affair with Mr. Trump. A statement released by Mr. Cohen in her name in January denied an affair, yet in interviews, she has refused to directly answer questions about which.

She is usually one of at least two women who claimed to have had affairs with Mr. Trump yet who were kept silent through legal agreements. The different is usually Karen McDougal, a former Playboy design. Ms. McDougal sold her story to the company which owns The National Enquirer, yet which was not printed, The Journal reported in 2016.

expect Hicks, today the White House communications director, said at the time which the report of an affair was “totally untrue” in addition to which the Trump campaign had “no knowledge” of any payment to Ms. McDougal.

Continue reading the main story