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"according to people familiar with the matter." - Oh, well, that CLINCHES it, then! (Don't these fools realize that America is yawning and stretching?)
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Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence


Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo



A lawyer for President

Donald Trump

arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month
before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from
publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump,
according to people familiar with the matter.

Michael Cohen,

who spent nearly a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, arranged payment to the woman,

Stephanie Clifford,

in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen, these people said.

Ms.
Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, has privately alleged the
encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006
celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe, these people said.
Mr. Trump married

Melania Trump

in 2005.

Mr. Trump faced other
allegations during his campaign of inappropriate behavior with women,
and vehemently denied them. In this matter, there is no allegation of a
nonconsensual interaction.

“These are old, recycled reports, which
were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” a White
House official said, responding to the allegation of a sexual encounter
involving Mr. Trump and Ms. Clifford. The official declined to respond
to questions about an agreement with Ms. Clifford. It isn’t known
whether Mr. Trump was aware of any agreement or payment involving her.

In
a statement, Mr. Cohen didn’t address the $130,000 payment but said of
the alleged sexual encounter that “President Trump once again vehemently
denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

Mr. Cohen added
in the statement, addressed to The Wall Street Journal: “This is now the
second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my
client. 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 Journal previously reported
that Ms. Clifford, 38 years old, had been in talks with ABC’s “Good
Morning America” in the fall of 2016 about an appearance to discuss Mr.
Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. In that article,
the Journal reported the company that owns the National Enquirer agreed
to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model three months before
the election for her story of an affair a decade earlier with the
Republican presidential nominee, which the tabloid newspaper didn’t
publish. The company said she was paid to write fitness columns and
appear on magazine covers.

Mr. Cohen also sent a two-paragraph
statement by email addressed “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” and signed by
“Stormy Daniels” denying that she had a “sexual and/or romantic affair”
with Mr. Trump.

“Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false,” the statement said.

Ms. Clifford didn’t respond to multiple emails seeking comment.

After
the agreement, Ms. Clifford’s camp complained the payment wasn’t being
made quickly enough and threatened to cancel the deal, some of the
people familiar with the matter said.

The payment was made to Ms. Clifford through her lawyer in the matter,

Keith Davidson,

with funds sent to Mr. Davidson’s client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles, according to the people.

“I
previously represented Ms. Daniels,” Mr. Davidson said, referring to
Ms. Clifford’s stage name. “Attorney-client privilege prohibits me from
commenting on my clients’ legal matters.”

A spokeswoman for City National Bank declined to comment.

The
agreement with Ms. Clifford came as the Trump campaign confronted
allegations from numerous women who described unwanted sexual advances
and alleged assaults by Mr. Trump.

In October 2016, the Washington Post published a videotape made, but never aired, by NBC’s “Access Hollywood” in which Mr. Trump spoke of groping women.

Mr.
Trump denied all allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct and
apologized at the time for his remarks on the tape, calling them
locker-room banter.

Mr. Cohen worked at the Trump Organization
from 2007 until after the election. As Mr. Trump took office, Mr. Cohen
said he would work in private practice and act as Mr. Trump’s personal
attorney. “I am the fix-it guy,” he said in an interview in January 2017
before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

Ms. Clifford has appeared in
about 150 adult films, and was considered among the industry’s biggest
stars when the then-27-year-old met Mr. Trump at the American Century
Championship in 2006, held at Edgewood Tahoe golf course in Nevada.

Another
adult-film star,

Jessica Drake,

later alleged in an October 2016 news conference that Mr. Trump
kissed her and two other women without permission in a hotel suite after
the same 2006 golf event.

“I did not sign [a nondisclosure
agreement], nor have I received any money for coming forward,” Ms. Drake
said this week in an emailed statement. “I spoke out because it was the
right thing to do.”

A White House official responded to questions
about Ms. Drake by referring to a previous statement by the Trump
campaign, which called her account “totally false and ridiculous.”

Write to Michael Rothfeld at michael.rothfeld@wsj.com" target="_blank" class="icon ">michael.rothfeld@wsj.com and Joe Palazzolo at joe.palazzolo@wsj.com" target="_blank" class="icon ">joe.palazzolo@wsj.com

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