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Trump lawyer arranged porn star payment for her silence in October 2016

13 January 2018

Donald Trump's lawyer arranged a payment of $130,000 in hush money to adult film performer Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford) in October 2016, one month before the US presidential election, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Clifford wrote in the letter that when she met Trump, he was "gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence".

According to The Journal, Clifford has privately alleged the encounter took place after the two met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.

"These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election", a White House official told the WSJ. "You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011", Cohen added.

"Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels", he said.

"I recently became aware that certain news outlets are alleging that I had a sexual and/or romantic affair with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago". When the White House was asked if all the women who had accused Trump of sexual assault and harassment since 1980 were liars, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that yes, they were. (Reached through her representatives, Clifford did not immediately respond to a request for comment).

Clifford was also supposed to appear on Good Morning America just before the election, but backed out of the appearance without an explanation, reports The Hill.

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The Trump campaign denied any affair and American Media Inc, which owns the Enquirer, said: "AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr Trump".

The payment was made to Clifford through her lawyer in the matter, Keith Davidson, with funds sent to Davidson's client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles, according to the people.

Clifford and her lawyer did not comment. When the AP interviewed former crew members of The Apprentice about Trump's alleged inappropriate behavior on set, then-campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that these "outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever".

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Another adult-film star, Jessica Drake, later alleged in an October 2016 news conference that Trump kissed her and two other women without permission in a hotel suite after the same 2006 golf event. The statement, to repeat, was emailed by Cohen.

Trump lawyer arranged porn star payment for her silence in October 2016