Donald Trump denies knowledge of lawyer's payment to porn star

Stormy Daniels 60 Minutes

Why, then, would his attorney make the payment to secure the silence of the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels?

Nearly immediately after the president's statements were reported, Daniels' attorney challenged him to make them under oath. "And you'll have to ask Michael Cohen", Mr. Trump said. Michael is my attorney. "You'll have to ask Michael", Trump said.

The attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels on Thursday suggested President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo, Joint Chiefs chairman challenged Trump plans to withdraw from Syria: report Mexican senators call on Pena Nieto to halt cooperation with United States after Trump attacks Trump signs off on memo to send National Guard to southern border MORE forced lawyers Michael Cohen and David Schwartz "to sit down" after making a "disaster of their case".

Asked why his lawyer Michael Cohen made the payment, Mr Trump said: "You'll have to ask Michael".

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says she signed an agreement to keep quiet about her claims in exchange for $130,000 in October 2016, days before the presidential election.

He has accused Daniels of breaching a non disclosure agreement.

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

So, is Trump hanging Cohen out to dry as a strategic move, or is the president simply (and finally) giving into temptation by talking freely on the subject?

On Monday, Trump's lawyers sought to get that lawsuit out of federal court and into private arbitration.

Trump has until now avoided questions about Daniels, who claims he and Trump had sex once in 2006, as part of a 10-month affair when she was 26.

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