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Trump lawyer brokered $130K payment to porn star

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The statement read in part: "Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false".

Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, arranged a $130,000 payment to a leading porn star in return for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Clifford has privately told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006, the year after he and Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump and Karen Pence visit Whataburger in Texas Melania Trump, Karen Pence to travel to Texas Melania rips report she didn't want to be first lady MORE were married.

However, we should note that the report indicates Donald may not have known about the payment. Reportedly, Clifford had been in contact with producers for ABC's Good Morning America to talk about her Trump affair.

"His words and actions are a huge testament to his character - that of uncontrollable misogyny, entitlement, and being a sexual assault apologist", Drake said at an October 2016 press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred.

While the question of whether or not Trump had a consensual affair with an adult film actress may be juicy gossip, it isn't almost as pressing as whether Clifford was paid by top Trump lawyers to keep quiet (Clifford had reportedly previously discussed revealing her relationship on ABC's Good Morning America.) What's more, the reports fit into a larger patter of the president denying alleged encounters - both consensual and non-consensual - and going as far as to smear those women and call them liars.

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In statements to BuzzFeed News, Clifford and Cohen denied Trump and Clifford had a sexual encounter.

The official did not respond to questions about an agreement with Clifford.

Clifford reportedly received the payment through her lawyer's client-trust account. "Attorney-client privilege prohibits me from commenting on my clients' legal matters". Also in October 2016, the Washington Post published the now-infamous tape of a 2005 recording where Trump made his "grab 'em by the pussy" remark. Daniels appeared at the launch of Trump Vodka in 2007. He offered $10,000 and his private jet for a sexual encounter, according to Drake.

The president and Daniels were photographed together in July 2006 at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, a three-round tournament at the Edgewood Tahoe golf resort on the lake's northern shore. "I spoke out because it was the right thing to do".

The White House has not yet released an official statement regarding the alleged payment.

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