A lawyer for President Donald Trump has claimed that he paid adult star Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket, sending the Internet into a frenzy.
As news of Trump’s alleged 2006 affair with Daniels broke, it was claimed the actress had been paid $130,000 in “hush money,” with The Washington Post initially reporting that Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen arranged the payment.
However, Cohen told The New York Times on Tuesday that he had in fact paid Daniels the money from his own pocket; in a move that has set Twitter alight with discussion.
“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,” read a statement from Cohen to The Times.
“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” the statement added, with Cohen avoiding answering follow up questions and failing to offer any explanation as to why he would have transferred an adult video star such a large sum of money.
Discussing the payment on Twitter, users questioned why Cohen would make such a statement and expect not to say any more.
"Hi, it's me, the lawyer to the president who paid a porn star $130,000 out of my own pocket for reasons I won't explain. I assume there will be no further questions." https://t.co/f3xWlDWxmw— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 14, 2018
Come on now. Who amongst us hasn’t paid a porn star 130G out of the goodness of our hearts? Nothing to see here, move along.— DocCraig (@psychdoccraig) February 14, 2018
Soooo....Does that mean Michael Cohen had a THREESOME with Stormy Daniels & Trump? @realDonaldTrump— Mayday Mindy (@maydaymindy9) February 14, 2018
Trump and his lawyer have previously claimed that no affair took place, while a statement the lawyer sent to the Wall Street Journal that was signed by Stormy Daniels denied she had a “sexual and/or romantic affair” with Trump.
“Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false,” Daniels said, although she later appeared to dial back on her denial on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show at the end of January, hinting rather than directly commenting due to a non-disclosure agreement.