Trump's Lawyer Said He Paid Stormy Daniels From His Own Account

Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump's personal attorney acknowledges paying $130 000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

"Stormy Daniels" manager Gina Rodriguez says the actress will tell her story, suggesting a non-disclosure agreement had been broken.

He did not explain why he made the payment or say whether Trump was aware of it.

The admission earlier this week by Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen that he used his personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Daniels serves to reinforce the fact that the circumstances of this "hush money" need to be investigated by the Department of Justice, the lawmakers conclude, adding that any payment made or "facilitated by" Michael Cohen in this context would be subject to campaign finance disclosure requirements and laws.

Her story then remained largely out of public view until a month before the 2016 presidential election, when the website The Smoking Gun published an account that went mostly unnoticed by major news organisations.

Trump was married at the time and his wife, Melania, had given birth to their son less than four months earlier.

The In Touch interview was never printed until January 2018, after reports of the payment first emerged.

Common Cause, one of those groups, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission concerning Cohen's payment.

"What kind of an idiot would believe that his lawyer would pay a porn star more than $100,000 for no reason?"

The alleged violation of federal campaign finance law "undermines the integrity of democracy in the United States", a letter signed by Paul Ryan of Common Cause reads. Cohen said that the complaint is factually unsupported and does not have legal merit.

But in a 2011 interview with In Touch Weekly that was not published at the time, the actress described a years-long sexual relationship with Trump.

Rodriguez said her client will soon announce how and when she will tell her story publicly. But she has also, through a lawyer, denied the two had an affair.

In fall 2016, Ms. Clifford was once again in discussions with news outlets, this time more mainstream.

She appeared at the Trophy Club strip club in SC last month as part of a "Make America Horny Again" tour that will also reportedly take her to several other states over the next few months.

A lawyer for Clifford, Keith Davidson, has previously distributed statements on her behalf denying there was any affair.

  • Rogelio Becker