White House: 'These Are Old, Recycled Reports'
The Wall Street Journal has just published a report stating Donald Trump's attorney arranged for a payment of $130,000 to a former adult film star to keep silent about a sexual encounter she had with Trump before the election.
"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," The Wall Street Journal report states.
"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 in Lake Tahoe, these people said. Mr. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005."
The White House is denying the allegations.
â€œThese are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,â€ The White House reportedly told the Journal.
The Journal adds that Cohen, in a statement, "didnâ€™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.'"
The timing of the news comes in the middle of one of the Trump administration'sÂ biggest scandals, from a news outlet owned by one of the president's closest friends, Rupert Murdoch.
The White House itself called it anÂ old, recycled report. PerhapsÂ there's truth in that, and this is anÂ attempt to change the narrativeÂ and move the national conversation away from Trump's racist remarks?
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