Trump Breaks His Silence on Stormy Daniels and Answers Questions

President Trump has finally spoken with a reporter about allegations he had an affair with porno starlet Stormy Daniels. In a off-the-cuff exchange with a interviewer aboard Air Force One, Trump answered a few questions and broke his long silence on the matter.

At the heart of the exchange where three questions related to a payout from Trump attorney Michael Cohen. The reporter asked the president if he knew about the $130K payment to Daniels, why Mr. Cohen made it, and where the money came from…

Check it out from the Daily Caller:

Trump claimed he did not know his personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in order to bind her to a non-disclosure agreement, which barred her from speaking about the affair in the future. The president also claimed that he did not authorize the payment to Daniels.

“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael,” Trump said of the payment.

Cohen paid Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election on October 28, 2016. The NDA and the payment later was revealed by The Wall Street Journal in January 2018.

Daniels later granted an interview to CBS’s “60 minutes” in which she described the affair in vivid detail.

Here’s more from the New York Times:

Mr. Trump made his first public remarks about the matter aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., where he had held a round table on tax cuts. Asked by a reporter if he knew about the payment to the actress, Stormy Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, he said, “No.”

Mr. Trump and a company affiliated with him filed papers in court on Monday seeking to force Ms. Clifford to raise her disputes through private arbitration, not lawsuits.

Arbitration would shield the case from public view, sparing Mr. Trump the public spectacle that would attend a lawsuit with a discovery process and a trial.

Then last month, Mr. Trump’s legal team filed a motion asking to move the case from state court to federal court, which may have been an effort to increase the likelihood that it would be resolved in arbitration.

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