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Trump Breaks Silence on Stormy Daniels Sex Scandal, Lawyer Plans to Test Trump

04-06-2018

President Trump has broken his silence about the porn actress known as "Stormy Daniels" saying he didn't know about the $130,000 payment his attorney made to her.

Trump made his first public comments while on Air Force One traveling back from West Virginia for an event on the new tax overhaul law.

He said he didn't know why his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, had made the payment and didn't know where Cohen had gotten the money.

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You'll have to ask Michael," he said.

A spokesperson for Cohen told ABC News that the president's assertions are "an accurate assessment of the facts." They added that "Michael Cohen made the payment to protect business, family, and reputation it had nothing to do with the election."

Trump had avoided questions on Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, until now.

Clifford said in a high profile interview for "60 Minutes" that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The White House denies those claims.

Clifford's attorney, Michael Avenatti, responded to Trump's comments on Twitter Thursday evening.

"We very much look forward to testing the truthfulness of Mr. Trump's feigned lack of knowledge concerning the $130k payment..as history teaches us it is one thing to deceive the press and quite another to do so under oath," he wrote.

He later argued on MSNBC that Trump's statement could create legal problems.

"If the president didn't know anything about the payment, then he obviously didn't know anything about the agreement, in which case you can't have an agreement," he said on The Beat with Ari Melber. "And then there is no such thing as an NDA."

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