President Trump's Lawyer Allegedly Arranged $130K Payment to an Ex-Porn Star a Month Before Election

| JAN 12, 2018 | 10:05 PM
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A report just came out that could potentially be damaging to the Trump administration.

It has been reported that a lawyer representing Donald Trump arranged a payment of $130,000 to a former porn star just one month before the 2016 election. The payment was part of a deal that would prevent her from speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter between her and Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a payment to Stephanie Clifford, who is professionally known as Stormy Daniels. She privately spoke about a consensual encounter she had with Trump in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. He married Melania Trump in 2005.

Trump has been asked about his involvement with Clifford since becoming president, and a White House official issued the following statement:

“These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”

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The same official “declined to respond” to questions about an arrangement made with Clifford in exchange for her silence on the matter.

Cohen released a statement to The Wall Street Journal, in which he again strongly denied the accuracy of the claims:

"President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

"This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”

In addition to his own response, Cohen passed along a two-paragraph statement via email signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying any sort “sexual and/or romantic affair” with Trump.

The statement read in part: “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false."

The White House has not yet released an official statement regarding the alleged payment.