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Trump’s Lawyer: Yeah, I Paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:30 pm

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Gee, whatever for? She told us there was no affair!

Maggie Haberman at the New York Times has the scoop:

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.

In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment.

“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,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

The Wall Street Journal reported on this payment last month, but this is the first we’ve heard that Cohen was involved. Haberman says that, according to Cohen’s statement, he gave a similar answer to Common Cause after they “filed a complaint saying that the payment, which was made through a limited liability company that Mr. Cohen established, was an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.”

But no such thing happened. And Cohen never expected to get anything in return.

He just gave $130,000 to a porn star for … who knows what reason. And that is what happened, and stop asking questions about it. The End!

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Oh come on, don’t be so suspicious!

    There’s surely a perfectly innocent explanation as to why Cohen would pay Daniels 130 big ones. Such as… um…. ah… uh… maybe that’s just the going rate for not having an affair with Trump?


    Comment by Arizona CJ — 2/13/2018 @ 11:27 pm

  2. People focus on the sex/affair, but the real story is the violation of campaign finance laws, which could lead to civil, or even criminal, penalties.

    The money trail here should be pretty easy to determine, making this a cleaner and quicker investigation than, say, collusion with Russia. I find it more likely that Trump himself is personally involved with this — more so than I believe he was personally involved with “collusion” during the campaign.

    And given this administration’s track records, don’t be surprised if we see a cover-up that is worse than the “crime”.

    Comment by Kman — 2/14/2018 @ 10:10 am

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