NEW: Trump Directly Responds To Stormy Daniels Controversy With Clearest Statement Yet

On Thursday, President Trump directly addressed the Stormy Daniels controversy (whose name is actually Stephanie Clifford) which has plagued his administration for months.

After months of skirting the issue and letting his lawyers handle it, the president looked to set the record straight in a series of tweets.

In the statement, Trump confirmed the $130,000 payment to Clifford but said the money was from his personal stash and not that of his presidential campaign. He also rejected the claim there was an affair.

Trump said:

Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA.

These agreements are very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels).

The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair, despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.

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ABC News has more on the situation and Trump’s comments:

The president’s morning tweets are his first response to Wednesday night’s bombshell announcement, made by Trump’s newest legal adviser, Rudy Giuliani, on Fox News.

Giuliani told host Sean Hannity that the president reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment, appearing to contradict repeated denials from the White House and Trump’s legal team that the president was even aware of the payment to Daniels.

The president does not indicate when he learned of the payment to Daniels, though a source told ABC News that Trump’s reimbursement payments to Cohen began shortly after the president took office and Cohen left the Trump Organization for private practice.

The payments were mostly for the reimbursement, the source said, but included payments for some other legal matters Cohen was working on for the president. It’s unclear what those matters were.

Here’s more, per Independent:

Asked if Mr Trump knew about the arrangement, Mr Giuliani said: “He didn’t know about the specifics of it, as far as I know. But he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this, like I take care of things like this for my clients. I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along. These are busy people.”

There was much speculation as to whether Mr Giuliani’s marked part of a new legal strategy by the White House in dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

After his appearance on Fox News, the former mayor was asked by the Washington Post, if he had spoken with president since the interview.

He replied: “I did. He’s very pleased.”

As Washington Examiner reports, Gifford’s lawyer responded to Trump’s tweets and said they were “unintelligable.” The lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said it was “obvious” Trump did not write those tweets and whoever did was a “moron.”

“First of all, the president did not write either one of those tweets, I think it’s obvious,” Avenatti said. “Secondly, whoever the attorney is that wrote those two tweets is an absolute moron, because now what he or she has done is create additional significant liability for the president.”


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