Trump's lawyer paid $130,000 of own money to porn star
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said Tuesday that he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with the President before his time in office.
"In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford," Michael Cohen said in a statement. "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."
Just weeks before the 2016 election, Cohen reportedly created a private LLC to pay Clifford, otherwise known as Stormy Daniels, following an alleged July 2006 encounter with Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported in January.
The New York Times first reported that Cohen had said he made the payment himself.
Following initial reports last month that Cohen had made the payment, he said in a statement that Trump "vehemently denies" any encounter between the two.
So I guess his official explanation is that there was never "any encounter" but then why the payment? Was she blackmailing Trump with false accusations? If so, he paid off an extortionist.
In what permutation of the admitted facts is this not some sort of scandal?
Either they ("they"?) paid hush money to an extortionist or Trump had an affair with a porn star.
When asked why he made the payment, Cohen told CNN: "Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump."
It "isn't true" but it could have caused "harm or damage" to Mr. Trump so he paid her with his own money to protect Mr. Trump without any expectation of direct or indirect reimbursement. Got it?