Trump House Of Lies Crumbles As NYT Drops New Bombshell On Stormy Daniels Case
The New York Times reported Friday night that President Trump was aware of a six-figure hush-money payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels months before he denied knowing about the transaction.
Citing people familiar with the arrangement, The Times revealed that Trump knew when he denied knowledge of the payment to reporters in April that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had succeeded in silencing Daniels’ allegations that she had an affair with the president.
When exactly Trump learned of the payment is unclear. But questions surfaced once again this week about when Trump became aware of the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payment.
Giuliani’s remarks directly contradicted Trump’s own claims about the transaction, which he previously denied knowing anything about while speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on April 5.
Giuliani also said that Trump reimbursed Cohen $460,000 or $470,000 – much higher than the $130,000 Cohen has acknowledged he paid to Daniels. One person familiar with the agreement told the Times that the payment amounted to $420,000 over 12 months.
The hush-money payment was part of an effort to keep Daniels from going public with allegations that she had an affair with Trump in 2006, just months after his wife Melania gave birth to their son.
The money came from the trust that holds Trump’s personal fortune, according to the Times.
Daniels is currently suing to void that nondisclosure agreement.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels. He acknowledged in a tweet on Thursday that he reimbursed Cohen, but insisted that the arrangement was only made to protect his family and that none of the money was tied to his presidential campaign.