- President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer admitted that during the presidential campaign, he paid $130,000 to a porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump.
- The lawyer, Michael Cohen, said neither the campaign nor the Trump Organization had reimbursed him.
- But that leaves open a possibility: that Trump himself reimbursed him.
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen issued a statement on Tuesday in which he admitted to paying $130,000 to the porn star Stormy Daniels, née Stephanie Clifford.
“In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. 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.”
“Was the $130,000 payment made in consultation with Trump — or anyone on his campaign team — for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the presidential race? If so, someone likely violated federal campaign-finance law. At a minimum, the campaign never reported it. And depending on where the money came from, there could be other violations, too — a violation of the corporate contribution ban if it came from the coffers of the Trump Organization (where Cohen was top lawyer) or some other corporation, or a violation of the $2,700 contribution limit if it came from an individual other than Trump.”
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