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domingo, 14 de enero de 2018

Report: Trump accused of paying former adult-film star $130,000 right before election

Suddenly the Democratic Party has become the party of morals, values, and virtue — at least in their own minds.

Outrage among liberals broke out on Friday when it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that President Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, set up a $130,000 payment to former porn star “Stormy Daniels” just a month before the 2016 presidential election.

The Journal reported that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had alleged in private that she had an apparently-consensual sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 when the two met at a celebrity golf tournament, one year after Trump married his current wife, Melania.

Allegations Denied

For her part, Daniels has denied the allegations of an affair in writing.

“When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional, and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence,” Daniels said in a statement. She continued:

Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false. If I indeed did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn’t be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true.

Cohen added his own denial in a statement to the Journal.

“President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels,” he said. “This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”

A White House official also denied the allegations.

“These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” the official said.

Lack of Details

The payment to Clifford was allegedly made via her attorney Keith Davidson, who has refused to comment on the matter.

“I previously represented Ms. Daniels,” he said. “Attorney-client privilege prohibits me from commenting on my clients’ legal matters.”

Nonetheless, The Brighton, a bar in Washington, began selling a “Stormy Daniels” cocktail for $9 following the story’s release to capitalize on the controversy, the New York Daily News reported.

But for Democrats with aspirations that go beyond selling a few overpriced highballs, there’s a disappointing lack of juicy detail in the Journal‘s story — certainly not enough to overcome most Americans distrust of the media, which has had to back off several Trump “scandals” which were disproved upon close scrutiny.

Will this story prove to be a legitimate concern for Trump? We’ll have to wait and see.


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