Trump Shifts Story over Michael Cohen Payment to Stormy Daniels

(From The Guardian)

Donald Trump reimbursed his attorney for a $130,000 payment to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels to keep her from going public about an alleged affair with Trump, according to Rudy Giuliani, a recent addition to Trump’s legal team.

Trump on Thursday said the payment to Daniels, made just before the 2016 election, was aimed at stopping Daniels from making “false and extortionist accusations,” despite claiming last month that he had no knowledge of Cohen’s payment to Daniels.

“Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll [sic] in this transaction,” the US president wrote in a series of early morning tweets. He said Cohen was paid as part of a “monthly retainer.”

Some watchdog groups and campaign finance experts have said that the payment to Daniels, who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006 at a golf tournament in Nevada, could count as an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign.

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