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

Trump lawyer arranged porn star payment for her silence in October 2016, WSJ reports
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January 12
23:452018

President Donald Trump's longtime attorney denied that Trump had a sexual encounter with a porn star after a report by The Wall Street Journal on Friday alleged the lawyer helped facilitate a six-figure payment to the actress in October 2016 in exchange for her silence.Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, said the President "vehemently denies" the encounter, but did not address the alleged payment in a statement to CNN.The story, which cites people familiar with the matter, says Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford -- whose stage name is "Stormy Daniels" -- a month ahead of the election. Cohen denies the sexual encounter took place.CNN has not independently confirmed The Wall Street Journal's reporting."These rumors have circulated time and again since 2011," Cohen said in a statement to CNN. "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels." Cohen, once one of Trump's most trusted aides, is no longer in regular contact with Trump -- a distance forced by the Russia investigations, in which Cohen has been entangled.A White House official said in a statement: "These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election."The Wall Street Journal reported that Daniels' alleged encounter with Trump took place in July 2006 after a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.In a statement provided by Cohen from Daniels, she also calls the article "absolutely false.

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