Michael Cohen, the lawyer who worked for Donald Trump for over 10 years, has now said in a statement given to Fox News saying the 2016 $130,000 transaction with Stomy Daniels was lawful and was not a campaign contribution or campaign expenditure “by anyone.”
“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 statement read.
Trump met Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, at a golfing event back in 2006 — which was a year after Trump married Melania.
According to The Wall Street Journal’s report, Clifford began talking with ABC News in the fall of 2016 for a story involving an alleged relationship with Trump, but reached a $130,000 deal a month before the election, which prevented her from going public.
The New York Times were the first to report on Cohen’s payment. stating Cohen refused to answer any follow-up questions in regards to whether or not Trump had known about the payment.
Cohen told The New York Times he had delivered a similar statement to the Federal Election Commission in response to the complaint filed by Common Cause, a government watchdog. The watchdog asked the FEC to investigate the source of the payment and determine whether it represented an excessive campaign contribution.
He called the allegations “without merit” and said he does not plan “to provide any further comment on the FEC matter.”