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The guy who paid Stormy Daniels to shut up

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Michael D. Cohen, Esq.:

So you're the one who paid Stormy Daniels to shut up?

According to The New York Times, you claim to have forked over $130,000 during the 2016 campaign to Stephanie Clifford, a pornographic film "actress" who performs under that nom de coitus, in exchange for her promise not to talk about having sex with Donald Trump shortly after his wife gave birth to his youngest son. You say -- and Clifford's attorney backs you up -- that you did this out of your own pocket.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford," your statement says, "and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly. The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone."

That's the part that has made headlines. But I'm drawn to something fewer people seem to have noticed. Namely, your rationale for paying such a hefty sum given that your client insists he didn't do anything wrong. Apparently, in your role as Trump's personal lawyer, you are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.

"Just because something isn't true," you told CNN, "doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump."

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So just to make sure I'm clear on this: It doesn't matter whether or not the claim is true? If it could damage your client, you stand ready to write a six-figure check?

Dude, me and Donald had so much sex.

We did crazy sex things everywhere. In the East Room, in the situation room, on the desk in the Oval Office. It was me, him and Nancy Pelosi.

We also did meth with some illegals in the Rose Garden. Snorted cocaine off April Ryan's chair in the White House Press Room.


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