April 25, 2018

Trump says he didn't know lawyer paid $130K to Stormy Daniels

06 April 2018, 03:53 | Simon Arnold

Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Credit

Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Credit

Daniels is suing Cohen to be released from the agreement, which she says Trump didn't sign.

Trump walked back to the press galley on Air Force One as he returned from West Virginia on Thursday and answered a few questions from reporters. "You'll have to ask Michael", he said.

If Cohen made that payment from his own funds and without Trump's knowledge, it could be considered an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign.

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen", he said.

Mr. Trump also claimed he did not know where Cohen obtained the money for the payment.

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Thursday his client's case "just got that much better" with the president's on-the-record comments.

Mr Trump was questioned about his knowledge of the payment to Ms Daniels while on-board Air Force One.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told CBS television's 60 Minutes program that she was not attracted to Trump, who was 60 at the time of their affair.

Daniels says she had a sexual encounter with the president in 2006 and was paid as part of a non-disclosure agreement she is seeking to invalidate.

This July 3, 2009, file photo shows adult movie star Stormy Daniels at Rooster's Country Bar in Delhi, La.

That claim was immediately challenged by Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti.

However she lost a court motion for Mr Trump to give sworn testimony about her claim that they had a relationship.

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