Things are getting stormy in Washington.
Trump attorney Michael Cohen told the New York Times on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket in 2016 to adult actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had an affair with President Trump in 2006.
The lawyer’s remarks were a response to a Wall Street Journal report from last month that said Cohen paid the porn star, real name Stephanie Clifford, to keep quiet about the alleged 2006 encounter, which would have taken place months after Melania Trump gave birth to the president’s youngest son, Barron.
Cohen, who formerly worked as a lawyer for the Trump organization and is now the president’s personal attorney, told the Times that President Trump was not involved in 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,” Cohen said.
The Trump attorney also countered an assertion by the watchdog group Common Cause, which filed a Justice Department complaint that accused Cohen’s payment to Clifford of being an unreported in-king campaign contribution and a violation of federal campaign finance law.
“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” Cohen maintained.
He did not comment on whether President Trump knew of the payment or the reason behind it.
The president and Clifford have denied the reports of an affair. The adult entertainer also denied the contents of a 2011 interview she gave to the magazine InTouch, which went unpublished until last month.
In the interview, Clifford claimed the president compared her to his daughter, Ivanka, and made her watch the Discovery program “Shark Week.”
In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last month, the porn star spoke about a mysterious BuzzFeed-published letter allegedly written by her. Clifford told Kimmel she didn’t write the letter, which denied any sexual relations between her and President Trump.
Clifford has capitalized on the scandal with a strip club tour titled “Make America Horny Again.”
Most Trump supporters on Twitter brushed off the Stormy Daniels-related outrage.
The left has been waging a sexual revolution for far too many decades to claim they are the resistance on this one too .
— THE COMEBACK (@willhoerter) February 14, 2018
I honestly don’t care either! Who knows what the truth is! Both Trump and Stormy are denying the allegation…But considering what we know about past presidents, this is truly a Nothing Burger…
— CVA (@ichismom) February 14, 2018
Ironically, the most beloved President in U.S. history was the BIGGEST sexual deviant of them all. JOHN F. KENNEDY. Besides his own addiction to sex, he liked to watch. He once told a girl to give his friend a blowjob while he watched. Oh and BTW, he was a Democrat. pic.twitter.com/8v6ONL3UGz
— 100% Trump Supporter (@JimEstep777) February 14, 2018
Agree. Who cares. It’s not our business………
— Deezy (@DmanfeldDeezy) February 14, 2018
This is all BEFORE he ran for Prez. Who knows what’s true & what isn’t, I’m done w/ all this moral police crap from the left. When they defended Bill, they lost all rights to condemn others immorality.
— Prodigerli (@Prodigerli) February 14, 2018
Just another smear tactic by democrats. I really don’t care because it does not make sense to continue bashing our POTUS. MAGA.
— talking7stick (@samkennedy77) February 14, 2018
I really don’t care what Trump did before he was in Politics , if I believed any of it
— Sherry Koury (@sherry_koury) February 14, 2018