President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, established a private Delaware company and used a pseudonym to pay an adult film star “Stormy Daniels,” who allegedly had an affair with the newly-wed Trump in 2006, just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, according to The Wall Street Journal Thursday.
Cohen, who represented the Trump Organization at the time, used Essential Consultants LLC to send a lawyer representing the adult film star $130,000 in return for her agreeing to not publicly discuss her relationships with Trump, with both using pseudonyms.
This is great: Michael Cohen *could’ve* shielded his identity on the formation documents for the LLC he set up to preserve anonymity for the Stormy Daniels payment.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) January 18, 2018
Cohen and the White House have denied the alleged affair, but have not commented on the deal.
Trump “once again vehemently denies” it, Cohen said in a statement last week.
“This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client,” Cohen said in the statement. “You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”
The Hill added:
On Wednesday, InTouch published excerpts from an interview with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Cliffords, from 2011 in which Cliffords claims to have had sex with the president after meeting him Nevada in 2006.
“[The sex] was textbook generic,” Daniels said. “I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’ ”
Daniels also said that Trump kept saying: “ ‘I’m gonna call you, I’m gonna call you. I have to see you again. You’re amazing. We have to get you on ‘The Apprentice.’”