Jimmy Kimmel Makes Pitch For Stormy Daniels' First NDA-Free Interview

Marsha Scott
February 16, 2018

Trump attorney Michael Cohen claimed that his $130G payout to porn star Stormy Daniels came from his personal funds, and Daniels' attorney has corroborated that claim.

After Trump's long-time personal lawyer admitted paying $130,000 to Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election, the actress's manager suggested a non-disclosure agreement had been broken.

"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", Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times.

Ms. Clifford had told her story to the magazine In Touch in 2011, as well as the gossip website TheDirty.com.

Ms Daniels first told of the alleged extramarital affair with Trump in 2011 when celebrity website The Dirty published a story which was then removed after the threat of a lawsuit.

Even though the alleged affair is tawdry old news, a story about possible hush money and an attempted cover-up just weeks before the presidential election is much more risky for a White House already on its heels.

The Wall Street Journal initially reported in January that Clifford was paid in October 2016 in exchange for not disclosing information about the alleged affair with Trump.

Cohen has said he doesn't plan "further comment" on his six-figure payment but his statements raise more questions than they answer.

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Ms Rodriguez said her client will soon announce how and when she will tell her story publicly.

Common Cause argued in its complaint that the payment amounts to a campaign contribution well in excess of the $US2,700 limit to the amount any individual can give, and it has asked the FEC to enforce campaign finance laws.

In fall 2016, Ms. Clifford was once again in discussions with news outlets, this time more mainstream.

Cohen "says he made a private transaction and would not say whose privates were transacted on", Kimmel explained. Even during her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", she kept on dodging questions about having an affair with Trump - though she did essentially confirm the presence of a non-disclosure agreement. Trump's lawyer, Cohen, has denied there was ever an affair.

Common Cause, one of those groups, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission concerning Cohen's payment.

It published the interview last month.

The agreement called out for both the parties to not talk about the agreement, according to The Blast.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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