Trump's Lawyer Just Made a Really Sketchy Claim about President's P**nstar Payoff

Trump’s Lawyer Just Made a Really Sketchy Claim about President’s P**nstar Payoff

Trump’s Lawyer Is Speaking Out

Michael D. Cohen, who has been serving as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer for about a decade, recently gave some surprising information regarding the Stormy Daniels controversy: that it was not only he who paid her the hush money, but that it was out of his own personal pocket.

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For those that do not know, Stormy Daniels is the stage name for adult film star Stephanie Gregory Clifford. Clifford gained widespread attention when The Wall Street Journal reported that she had been paid $130,000 in October 2016 to keep her mouth shut about an alleged affair she had had with Trump in 2006. At the time, there many strange factors regarding the story, namely that the $130,000 came from a private company of Cohen’s despite Cohen denying anything of the sort from happening.

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The fact that he has chosen to publicly speak on the matter and disclose that he has not been reimbursed could be as a result of a few possibilities. One, Cohen is growing frustrated with the incompetency of the Trump Administration, an idea not out of the realm of possibility given that he voted for Obama in 2008. Or two, Cohen believes it is best to guide the direction of the story now that it’s gained media momentum, and questions are being raised about whether or not he broke the law.

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For now, we will not know what his true motivations are. After giving an official statement to The New York Times, Cohen refused to answer more questions:

“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. The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

It is interesting, and points to the logical motivation of keeping himself out of jail, that Cohen emphasizes that this had nothing to do with the Trump campaign from a monetary standpoint. The watchdog group Common Cause previously filed a complaint asserting that the payment was a possible violation of Federal Election Commission’s campaign finance rules. Cohen insists that this was not the case, and that he has submitted a response to the FEC:

“The complaint alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution. The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C.”

Given the controversies already surrounding Trump over sexual harassment accusations, allegedly violating the Emoluments Clause, and of course, the whole Russia thing, it wouldn’t be surprising were Mr. Cohen actually covering up for his boss, Donald Trump. Particularly given the long list of of unethical behavior we’ve seen from this President so far.

Or maybe he’s just such a good friend he’ll pay six figures to a porn star out of his own pockets because he’s just that guy. And it had nothing at all to do with his buddy running for President. And if you believe that, there’s a bridge for sale in Brooklyn I’d like to talk to you about…

Featured image by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

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