Trump denies knowing about payment to Stormy Daniels

Trump denies knowing about payment to Stormy Daniels

When he was then asked if he knew about the payments to Daniels shortly before the 2016 USA presidential election, Trump said: "No".

When asked why his lawyer would be intersted in buying the silence of an adult film actress for $130,000, the Commander in Chief said, "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen". Trump also told the reporter that he had no idea where Cohen got the money.

This claim is one that Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, plans to prove is untrue.

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen".

Mr. Trump also denied that he had any knowledge about a $130,000 payment to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges that she had a sexual encounter with the president years before he took office.

"As history teaches us", he added, "it is one thing to deceive the press and quite another to do so under oath".

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An agitated Trump tried to move quickly on - "What else?" he asked after responding - but reporters in the press cabin continued their questioning, asking why Cohen made the payment.

That claim was immediately challenged by Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti.

While Mr Trump has denied her claims, his lawyers are seeking $20m in damages from Ms Daniels, arguing she broke the non-disclosure deal.

The payment was made to Ms Daniels just one month before the 2016 election. Trump has not spoken out about Stormy nor mentioned her on Twitter, even in the wake of her popular interview on CBS' 60 Minutes, which aired in March.

When pressed by Kelly as to why 60 Minutes did not air portions of the interview, Avenatti said: "I mean that they play it close to the vest".

'I will make the offer right now, if the president and Mr. Cohen agree that the agreement is null and void, we are done.

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