President Trump's personal attorney claims he personally paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, a former porn actress who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.
"The payment to Clifford was lawful and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone", Cohen said.
Cohen contends that the payment to Stephanie Clifford, an adult film star known by the name Stormy Daniels, was legal. She had said the affair took place soon after Trump's wife, Melania, gave birth to the couple's son, Barron.
Mr. Cohen's statement about what he called "a private transaction" was the first time that he had acknowledged a role in the payment, which was first reported in January by The Wall Street Journal.
The lawyer said on Thursday that he had informed the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that he made the payment himself, after watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint alleging the payment could be considered an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.
Mr. Cohen was among Mr. Trump's fiercest defenders during his time at the Trump Organization, often telling reporters during the 2016 presidential campaign that even false information about Mr. Trump could be damaging if printed. Cohen told the Times, "The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit".
Cohen is pitching the book as both a rebuttal to Michael Wolff's White House tell-all Fire and Fury and a more expansive Trump explainer than we've recently received from Trump allies.
Clifford once claimed that she had an affair with Trump, though she denies it now. "@MichaelCohen212 paid off Stormy Daniels using his "own" money because he will always lie for I mean "protect".@realDonaldTrump".
"But, earlier last month InTouch Weekly published an interview with Cliffords in which she said about her affair with Trump, "[The sex] was textbook generic.
"Michael Cohen" Like Trump, I say it like I see it. Cohen is a crook, just like his master. But in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live later that day, Daniels appeared to disown the statement, saying she didn't know where it came from and the signature didn't look like hers.
She hinted during the interview she might not have signed the statement.
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