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

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President Donald Trump talks with reporters aboard Air Force One on a flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, April 5, 2018.

"No, I don't know", Trump told reporters when asked if he knew where the money came from.

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

First, he stated that he had no knowledge of the $130,000 hush payment to Daniels, which his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, oddly claimed to have personally paid from his home equity line.

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Donald Trump's approval rating has gone up three points among male voters in the wake of the Stormy Daniels controversy.

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Daniels has also filed a lawsuit to get out of a non-disclosure agreement she signed about the alleged affair, claiming that it is not valid because the document was not signed by Trump.

During Daniels' recent 60 Minutes interview, she told Anderson Cooper that she accepted the hush payment because she felt threatened (by a stranger in a parking lot), and she also believed that Cohen would make her life "hell" with further legal maneuvers. Avenatti tweeted on Thursday morning. "As history teaches us, it is one thing to deceive the press and quite another to do so under oath".

Daniels seeks a judge's ruling that would invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed in exchange for the $130,000 payment, claiming that it's invalid because Trump himself never signed it - although Cohen did in his stead.

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

This is the first time Trump has addressed the affair, which began in 2006 shortly after the birth of his fifth child, Barron.

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