|Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and porn accountant, Michael Cohen|
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and go-to “fix-it” guy, said on Tuesday that he personally paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to porn star Stormy Daniels who had claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.
What a mensch. He pays his buddy/client’s prostitution bill just to be nice.
From The New York Times:
In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment.
“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,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
He declined to answer several follow-up questions, including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that Mr. Cohen made the payment, why he made the payment or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.
Mr. Cohen has previously said that Mr. Trump has denied an affair with Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels. She has said the affair took place soon after Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron.
Note that there was no reason given as to why Cohen wrote the $130,000 check.
Why would a candidate’s lawyers pay $130,000 to a porn star, if she was lying about an affair with the candidate?
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 14, 2018
Trump’s lawyer is now saying he paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket.
That could be the worst lie I have ever heard in my life.
No one pays $130,000 to keep quiet about someone else having sex.
— Devin Duke (@sirDukeDevin) February 14, 2018
It’s totally normal to use money to silence a porn actress who slept with your friend running for president— who pays you regularly in legal fees (aa your attorney), fees which can fluctuate up and down depending on…whatever.
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) February 14, 2018
Cohen says Trump campaign was not “a party to the transaction.” But that’s not the law. If $130k hush money payment to Stormy Daniels was made “in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate’s campaign,” it violated fed election law. https://t.co/ytfPHiwv5T
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 14, 2018
I feel like such a fool. My lawyer makes ME pay HIM! https://t.co/UoIBGtW6DI
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 14, 2018