Case Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump admits that he reimbursed his lawyer the payment to the porn actress

Case Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump admits that he reimbursed his lawyer the payment to the porn actress

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The porn actress maintains that she had relations with Trump in 2006.

Donald Trump, admitted on Thursday to have reimbursed one of his lawyers the US $ 130,000 paid to reach a confidentiality agreement with Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claims to have maintained an intimate relationship with the now president of the United States.

In the admission, made through his Twitter account, the US president said that the money given to his lawyer Michael Cohen did not come from the funds of his campaign to the presidency.

According to Trump, the purpose of the payment was to put an end to “the false and extortionate accusations” of the actress.

This occurs a few hours after another legal advisor to Trump, the newly appointed Rudy Giulani, told Fox News in an interview that the president had effectively reimbursed his lawyer for $ 130,000 to pay for the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Trump had previously said he knew nothing about the payment made by lawyer Michael Cohen to Daniels in 2016.

What did Giuliani say?

In the interview with Fox News, which took place in prime time with the presenter Sean Hannity, the former mayor of New York said the money “was channeled through a law firm and the president reimbursed him.”

Giulani also insisted that the US $ 130,000 was not part of the funds for the presidential campaign. “It was completely legal and did not violate any financing law.”

Both Giulani and Trump stressed this because the current investigation is to establish whether the payment was made with money diverted from the campaign , which constitutes a violation of federal electoral law.

In the interview with Fox Giulani he added that “Trump did not know the details, as far as I know, but he knew of the agreement in general, that Michael Cohen would take care of things like this.”

Does it contradict the president?

Only a month ago Trump denied knowing anything about the payment to Daniels.

“They’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” he told reporters who asked for explanations on the subject.

Photo of actress, screenwriter and adult film producer Sormy Daniels.
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Image caption Actress, screenwriter and adult film producer Sormy Daniels.

Michael Cohen told the New York Times in February that “neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign participated in the transaction” and that “nobody reimbursed me for the money, directly or indirectly.”

Giuliani’s revelations also raise the question of whether Trump paid an undisclosed loan . Trump’s personal financial disclosure form of June 2017 does not mention any debt to Cohen.

What has been the reaction?

Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has said that Americans should be outraged by Giuliani’s comments.

“Months ago we predicted that it would end up proving that the American public had been lied about paying the $ 130,000 and what Trump knew,” he wrote on Twitter.

He also told the Associated Press: “Evidently Mr. Trump has been involved in a serious crime … his conduct, his lies and deceits must have consequences .”

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Analysis of Anthony Zurcher, correspondent of the BBC in Washington

There are two ways to see Giuliani’s shocking revelations about the reimbursement of Trump’s $ 130,000 to his lawyer.

The first is that Giuliani went free and caught the president and the communications team of the White House by surprise . In that case, Giuliani’s return to the center of political attention will be short-lived.

The other possibility is that this revelation was planned. Perhaps Giuliani and the president decided that the legal consequences of hiding the payment were more dangerous than the political risk of admitting that he signed the check and lied about it.

Trump has proven to be bulletproof in most of his political scandals and this may not be different. But the payment of the president and Mr. Cohen could be a violation of the electoral financing law.

In any case it seems that the Stormy Daniels case will not disappear soon.

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What is this payment and what has happened since then?

Stormy Daniels maintains that he had relations with Trump in 2006, which he denies.

At first Cohen denied having made the payment to the porn actress, but ended up admitting that he had transferred the sum privately to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016.

According to the lawyer said the payment was made with their own money in exchange for the actress signed a confidentiality agreement .

Cohen denied that the president had been part of the agreement.

The lawyer is now facing a criminal investigation. Recently, FBI agents searched his home and office in New York regarding the confidentiality agreement.

Photo of Stormy Daniels
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In March of this year Daniels filed a lawsuit against the president , claiming that the agreement was not valid because Trump had not signed it.

He later lost a court motion calling for Trump to testify under oath about his alleged relationship.

Although Trump denies having an affair with Daniels, his lawyers are requesting $ 20 million in damages from Daniels for breaching the confidentiality agreement.

The actress has also sued the president for a “defamatory” tweet after she revealed that she had been threatened by a man in Las Vegas to withdraw her allegations against Trump.

The president said his claims were “a total scam . 

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