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Trump's lawyer paid $130,000 of own money to porn star

Posted: 11:04 PM, Feb 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-14 05:04:23Z

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said Tuesday that he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with the President before his time in office.

"In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford," Michael Cohen said in a statement. "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."

Just weeks before the 2016 election,  Cohen reportedly created a private LLC  to pay Clifford, otherwise known as Stormy Daniels, following an alleged July 2006 encounter with Trump,  The Wall Street Journal reported in January .

 

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

Following  initial reports  last month that Cohen had made the payment, he said in a statement that Trump "vehemently denies" any encounter between the two.

In January , the organization Common Cause filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department, alleging that the reported payment to Clifford constituted a campaign finance violation. But on Tuesday, Cohen's statement denied that accusation and said the monetary exchange was "lawful" and "not a campaign contribution."

"The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone," Cohen said.

Cohen also said he filed a reply with the FEC, but that filing will not be public until the agency has resolved the matter.

When asked why he made the payment, Cohen told CNN: "Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump."