President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen said Tuesday night that the $130,000 payout made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels came from his own pocket.
The New York Times reported that Cohen also said the Trump Organization did not reimburse him for the payment issued October 2016, which is rumored to be “hush money” for an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with [Stephanie] Clifford [Daniels’ legal name], and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen told the Times in a statement. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
Cohen did not respond to the Times‘ further questions about the payment, which were first reported a month ago by the Wall Street Journal, including whether Trump knew about the payment to the adult actress or what it was for.
The report also noted that this was the first time Cohen has confirmed the payment was made. When the Journal reached out for comment before publishing their initial report, the attorney denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels.