Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump denies knowing of payment to Stormy Daniels

Trump denies knowing of payment to Stormy Daniels

Trump ignored the question and turned to another reporter who asked the president to repeat comments he made earlier in his visit. Daniels's attorney immediately suggested that Trump's version of events would be shown to be untruthful if he is deposed in a lawsuit brought by the adult film star.

Avenatti, who has relentlessly pushed his client's case against Trump on national television, is now requesting documents and records from the Treasury Department pertaining to the "suspicious activity report" filed on the 2016 payment.

Avenatti has said he wants to question Trump and Cohen about the agreement, which was signed the month before Trump was elected president.

"The president's comments on Air Force One are serious for him, serious for Michael Cohen". Trump also told the reporter that he had no idea where Cohen got the money. "Michael's my attorney and you'll have to ask Michael", Trump responded.

Asked if he knew about the $130,000 payment to Daniels, Mr. Trump said, "No. No".

"You say there's more to this story than what we've already heard". Cohen is represented by Brent Blakely.

Cohen acknowledged in February that he facilitated the payment to Daniels. He did not mention whether Trump himself played any role in the payment.

"I just left coal and energy country", Trump said.

While the alleged sexual encounter was said to be consensual, the payment to Daniels could constitute an undeclared campaign contribution.

Last month, Daniels told correspondent Anderson Cooper on "60 Minutes" that a mystery man once threatened to hurt her and her baby daughter if she didn't "leave Trump alone". She claims it's void because Trump did not sign it.

"This poll was taken right after the Stormy Daniels interview and so I think this increased gender polarization is the "Stormy Effect", he added. The 39-year-old porn star is now battling that agreement in court, charging that it should be nulled because Trump never signed it.

She and Avenatti have both offered to return the Cohen payment in exchange for being released from the agreement's restrictions. Daniels has also accused Cohen of defamation.

"We'll see what happens", Trump said.

"I was rattled", Daniels said.

Earlier this week, Trump asked a federal judge to order private arbitration in the case.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has sued over the agreement, calling it a "hush agreement" and asking a court in California to toss it out.

Avenatti tweeted Thursday after Trump made his claim: 'We very much look forward to testing the truthfulness of Mr. Trump's feigned lack of knowledge concerning the $130k payment as stated on Air Force One.

Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket.

The Washington Post's Tom Hamburger and Mark Berman contributed.

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