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Trump lawyer brokered $130000 payment to porn star

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Lora Ball | 13 January, 2018, 03:32

The Wall Street Journal Friday reported that President Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged to pay a porn star $130,000 before the 2016 presidential election to buy her silence about a sexual encounter she had with Donald Trump.

According to the report, Cohen, who's been Trump's top lawyer at the Trump organization for almost a decade, arranged the deliver the cash to Stephanie Clifford - known in the adult industry as Stormy Daniels - in October 2016, after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Cohen.

Trump's attorney in the affair, Mr. Cohen, told the Journal that "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels". Clifford has previously denied an alleged relationship with Trump.

"These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election", said a White House official that the "Journal" didn't name, in response to the allegation that Trump and Clifford had a sexual encounter. "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", Cohen added.

Fox News published a letter that it said was written by Clifford and signed with "Stormy Daniels".

Trump also was there with Carolyn Kepcher, a Trump Organization executive who co-starred with her boss in his NBC reality show "The Apprentice". "When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence".

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"My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more", she wrote in a statement, dated January 10.

While the question of whether or not Trump had a consensual affair with an adult film actress may be juicy gossip, it isn't almost as pressing as whether Clifford was paid by top Trump lawyers to keep quiet (Clifford had reportedly previously discussed revealing her relationship on ABC's Good Morning America.) What's more, the reports fit into a larger patter of the president denying alleged encounters - both consensual and non-consensual - and going as far as to smear those women and call them liars.

"'Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false, ' the statement said". "If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book".

After the agreement, Clifford's camp complained the payment wasn't being made quickly enough and threatened to cancel the deal, some of the people familiar with the matter said.

The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that Clifford was in talks with Good Morning America to talk about Trump just before the November 8, 2016 election. She was arrested July 25, 2009, on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery that was later dropped.

Police reported that she and her husband, Michael Mosny, had a row that included Daniels throwing a potted plant and a wedding album. At the time, she said she was a Republican.

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