The Wall Street Journal Friday reported that President Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged to pay a porn star $130,000 before the 2016 presidential election to buy her silence about a sexual encounter she had with Donald Trump.
The payment was arranged in October 2016 by Michael Cohen, a top attorney to the Trump Organisation for more than a year, according to the newspaper.
Clifford has privately told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006, the year after he and Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump and Karen Pence visit Whataburger in Texas Melania Trump, Karen Pence to travel to Texas Melania rips report she didn't want to be first lady MORE were married.
A White House official told the Journal on Friday: "These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".
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Clifford was described as "one of the most sought-after actresses in the adult industry" in a 2012 Daily Beast article, where she said that being an adult-film actress does not mean she couldn't be a great mom. This reportedly was after she and her lawyer negotiated a nondisclosure agreement to prevent her from publicly discussing the supposed sexual encounter with the billionaire businessman.
The president's lawyer also attached a statement signed by "Stormy Daniels" that said the actress did not have a "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Trump. "I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false", she wrote. The Journal reported at the time that the National Enquirer, which supports Trump, paid a former Playboy model $150,000 for a story about an affair with the future President, but the tabloid did not publish it. "My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more". "If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book".
The statement read in part: "Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false". "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true".
An attorney whom the WSJ said had represented Ms Clifford declined to comment, citing attorney-client privilege. She was arrested July 25, 2009, on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery that was later dropped. It's said Stephanie was 27-years-old at the time of the hookup, which supposedly took place at Lake Tahoe. Later, Trump claimed the tape was fake, despite previously apologizing for it and despite Billy Bush corroborating witnessing the remarks.