News broke Friday that a lawyer for Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former porn star one month before the 2016 election, reportedly in an effort to buy her silence about an alleged sexual encounter that occurred at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament in 2006.
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.
The outlet reports adult film star Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, got $130,000 in 2016, shortly before Trump was elected president.
Cohen didn't comment on the alleged pay-off, although he did tell the paper that "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels".
The payment was allegedly made around the time that the "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced, in which Trump made a comment about grabbing women "by the p--".
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"Rumours that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false", the statement said. Cohen also added that Trump "once again vehemently denies" the interaction, but stayed noticeably tightlipped about the $130K.
The official did not respond to questions about an agreement with Clifford.
Clifford and her lawyer did not comment.
Clifford wrote in the letter that when she met Trump, he was "gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence". Daniels appeared at the launch of Trump Vodka in 2007.
Trump's surrogates have also adopted a "deny everything" approach when it comes to sexual misconduct allegations.
Numerous women have accused Mr Trump of unwanted sexual advances, allegations Mr Trump has consistently rejected as false. "I spoke out because it was the right thing to do".