By rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin)

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said Tuesday he personally made a payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election.

Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times that “neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction,” and added that he was not reimbursed for the payment “either directly or indirectly.”

“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” he said in the statement to The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal first reported last month that Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, was paid before the 2016 election as part of a nondisclosure agreement to cover up an alleged affair with Trump.

A watch dog group Common Cause filed a complaint following the report, saying that the payment was an in-kind donation to Trump’s presidential campaign that should have been publicly disclosed in its official reports.

“The complaint alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution,” he said in the statement to the Times. “The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C.”

Source:: Trump personal lawyer says he paid Stormy Daniels with his own money

      

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