President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer told The New York Times on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 of his own money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed to have had an affair with Trump.
Michael Cohen told the Times that he was not reimbursed for the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. “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.”
“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
According to the report, Trump’s lawyer declined to answer any follow-up questions, including whether or not the president was aware of the payment and why the payment was made.
Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen paid the adult film star thousands in hush money right before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about an affair she had with Trump in 2006, just after Melania Trump gave birth to Barron.
In response, the White House has called the report “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”
Daniels appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” following the president’s State of the Union address last month and seemed to suggest that she didn’t have anything to do with a letter denying the affair.
“Did you sign this letter that was released today?” Kimmel asked.
“I don’t know, did I?” Daniels replied. “That doesn’t look like my signature, does it?”