Monday, January 21, 2019 | ePaper

Wall Street Journal

Trump's lawyer arranged $130,000 in hush money for an ex-porn star

  • Print


The Wall street JournalĀ  :
At the height of the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump's personal lawyer reportedly arranged a payment of $130,000 to a former porn star, so she'd stay silent about an alleged affair she'd had with Trump.
That's according to a new story by the Wall Street Journal's Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo, published Friday. They write that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arranged the payment to Stephanie Clifford, who went by the stage name "Stormy Daniels," so she wouldn't appear on national television to discuss her history with Trump in October 2016.
In a statement to the Journal, Cohen said, "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels" [sic]. However, he did not deny arranging the payment.
Cohen also sent the Journal a statement signed by "Stormy Daniels" denying
an affair with Trump, and claiming that "rumors" that she received "hush money" from Trump "are completely false."
However, the Journal reporters appear to have obtained specifics about the payment. Citing "people familiar with the matter," they write that the payment was sent to Daniels through her lawyer Keith Davidson, and that money was sent to Davidson's "client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles."
Though a report like this would be a massive scandal for any ordinary politician - and though the alleged affair occurred after Trump's marriage to his third wife, Melania - it's unclear if it will have much of an impact on Trump politically.
The thrice-married mogul has never exactly presented himself as squeaky-clean on sexual matters - indeed, his history of infidelity has been well-known for decades. And his core supporters have proven willing to ignore myriad admitted or alleged scandalous conduct from him so far.

More News For this Category

RAB's wild life crime control unit freed about 461 wild birds at Chandrima Udyan, seized earlier from Abdullahpur of Tongi area on Sunday.

RAB's wild life crime control unit freed about 461 wild birds at Chandrima Udyan, seized earlier from Abdullahpur of Tongi area on Sunday.

.

Man hacked to death in Pabna

UNB, Pabna :A man was hacked to death allegedly by his rivals at Sripur Bazar in Santhia upazila on Saturday night.The deceased was identified as Hafiz Miah, 42, son

BSF returns body of BD national

UNB, Thakurgaon :Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday evening returned the body of a Bangladesh national who was shot dead along Dharmagarh border in Ranishankail upazila early Friday.The

Zakir Naik's $23m assets confiscated

Zakir Naik's $23m assets confiscated

UNB, Dhaka :The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth Rs 16.4 crore (US 23 million) in two Indian cities belonging to Islamic preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik who

AL tries to legitimate fake polls: BNP

Staff Reporter :The BNP on Sunday accused the Awami League of trying to legitimate fake election by celebrating it. "The government is doing ridiculous activities to legitimise the fake

Rail connectivity to be increased with neighbours

Staff Reporter :Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan on Sunday said, the railway connectivity with the neighbouring countries will be increased in the coming days. "The purpose of the

Drug trader' killed in gunfight

UNB, Cox's Bazar :A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with the law enforcers in Jaliapara area of Teknaf upazila early Sunday.The deceased was identified as

BD has answer to polythene menace

UNB, Dhaka :Polythene bags are everywhere - literally - and the world is not sure how to deal with them. Shopping bags made from polythene have become ubiquitous, showing

Battery driven rickshaw causes multiple health risks in city

Battery driven rickshaw causes multiple health risks in city

Reza Mahmud :Increasing numbers of battery driven rickshaws with its acute and harsh hydraulic horn creates multiple health risks for the people of all ages in the capital. "The

OIC Sec Gen greets Hasina

UNB, Dhaka :OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen has congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her historic victory and reiterated his hope that under the leadership of