Trump’s lawyer says he paid porn actress out of his own pocket

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney said that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn actress who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.

Michael Cohen said in a statement to ‘The New York Times’ that he was not reimbursed by the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign for the payment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Cohen wrote, “The payment to Stephanie Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

Cohen told the ‘Times’ he had delivered a similar statement to the Federal Election Commission in response to a complaint filed by ‘Common Cause’, a government watchdog group.

‘Common Cause’ had asked the FEC to investigate the source of the $130,000 payment and determine whether it represented an excessive campaign contribution.

Cohen told, “The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit”.

The ‘Wall Street Journal’ reported in January that Cohen had arranged the payment to Stephanie Clifford in October 2016 to keep her from publicly discussing the alleged sexual encounter during the presidential campaign.

(Agencies)

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