Trump's Personal Lawyer Confirms $130,000 Payment To Porn Star Stormy Daniels

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President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen admitted on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own personal funds to Stephanie Clifford, aka porn star Stormy Daniels. 

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

Cohen's statement about this "private transaction" was the first time Cohen acknowledged his role in the payment, first reported in January 2018 by The Wall Street Journal. It was made shortly after the birth of Trump's son Barron with current wife Melania. 

Note that Cohen's office is right next to Donald Trump's in Trump Tower. I wonder if those die-hard evangelicals who just trashed Bill Clinton -- and Hillary, too -- will ever look in the mirror and seen their own hypocrisy.

No. Because they've convinced themselves that Trump has been sent by God and can do no wrong. Talk about a tight religious knot.

InTouch previously published a 2011 interview that they had with Stormy Daniels but didn't publish at the time about the affair. Speaking about Melania Trump, Stormy Daniels said:

"If I was his wife and I found out that my husband stuck his d--k in a hundred girls, I would be less mad about that than the fact that he went to dinner and had, like, this ongoing relationship," she said, though confirmed that he never spoke to her about sleeping with other women. Stormy recalled that after being introduced to Trump at a golf tournament in Nevada in 2005, she met up with him at dinners, parties, and his hotel room several times over the coming months to have intercourse. “I wanna see you again, when can I see you again?” he allegedly pleaded.

Jennie Willoughby, Rob Porter's Ex-Wife, Talks Trump's Dismissal Of Her Abuse & Rejection Of #MeToo

 Jennie Willoughby pens TIME essay addressing Trump calling her and Porter's other accusers liars, and America's refusal to confront reality of abuse.

Jennie Willoughby pens TIME essay addressing Trump calling her and Porter's other accusers liars, and America's refusal to confront reality of abuse.

Trump essentially called the three-women 'liars' who have accused former White House staff secretary Rob Porter of physical and emotional abuse. The trio includes two ex-wives and the woman Porter was dating when he got cozy with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks in November. By then, the White House was fully appraised that Porter was having difficulty getting a top-level security clearance -- considered a problem so serious that Porter should have been sent packing months ago. 

American women -- and many men -- are speechless that Trump has not said one word in support of women who are abused, a reality that is a serious problem in America and worldwide. Specifically, his tweets have only spoken of harm done to men by false accusations from women, as Trump inquired if there was no due process anymore. 

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Jennie Willoughby is Rob Porter's second wife, and she has responded to Trump, writing for TIME.com that she was incredulous when twice the President of the United States sat in the Oval Office, praising the work of her ex-husband and wishing him future success while suggesting by inference that Willoughby had committed a federal crime by lying to the FBI. 

Willoughby, who also writes on her website BorneBackCeaselessly.com, had her own say about Trump with these words about abuse. 

There it is again. The words “mere allegation” and “falsely accused” meant to imply that I am a liar. That Colbie Holderness is a liar. That the work Rob was doing in the White House was of higher value than our mental, emotional or physical wellbeing. That his professional contributions are worth more than the truth. That abuse is something to be questioned and doubted.

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Everyone wants to talk about how Trump implied I am a not to be believed. As if Trump is the model of kindness and forgiveness. As if he readily acknowledges his own shortcomings and shows empathy and concern for others. I forgive him. Thankfully, my strength and worth are not dependent on outside belief — the truth exists whether the President accepts it or not.

. . .  Society as a whole has a fear of addressing our worst secrets. (Just ask any African-American citizen). It’s as if we have a societal blind spot that creates an obstacle to understanding. Society as a whole doesn’t acknowledge the reality of abuse.

The tendency to avoid, deny, or cover up abuse is never really about power, or money, or an old boys’ club. It is deeper than that. Rather than embarrass an abuser, society is subconsciously trained to question a victim of abuse. I would call it an ignorant denial based on the residual, puritan, collective agreement that abuse is uncomfortable to talk about.

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We are at a critical moment in history and there are three things I know to be true:

Where there is anger, there is underlying pain.

Where there is denial, there is underlying fear.

Where there is abuse, there is cover-up.

While I may have compassion for my ex-husband and recognize his need for help, I do not tolerate abuse. While I may understand President Trump and Gen. Kelly’s incredulity at such a counter-image of their golden boy, I do not condone their choice to support him.

In light of the President’s and the White House’s continued dismissal of me and Colbie, I want to assure you my truth has not been diminished. I own my story and now that I have been compelled to share it, I’m not willing to cover it up for anyone. And for any men, women, or children currently in situations of abuse, please know:

It is real.

You are not crazy. 

You are not alone.

I believe you. 

'Seeing Allred' Documentary Shows Feminist Lawyer Gloria Allred Even More Fierce Than You Knew Her

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Gloria Allred must be the second most-hated woman in America among right-wingers. No, maybe third. First Hillary Clinton, then Nancy Pelosi, then famed feminist attorney Gloria Allred. Indeed the Netflix documentary that premiered at Sundance was a detailed trip into America's second wave of feminism. But directors Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain did a first rate job of bringing Allred to life as a living, breathing woman -- although not one very different from the tough cookie we see in press conferences about an accuser of Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Bill Cosby and more.

The film does an excellent job of telling Allred's story as a young Philadelphia mother and teacher. We think of Allred as a prominent feminist but her activists roots sprouted in Watts, when she moved to LA at age 25 with her 5-year-old daughter Lisa Bloom and took a job teaching here.

She met William Allred, her second ex-husband, about whom she speaks little. They were married for 19 years and he is presented as being very supportive and encouraging of Gloria's development as an attorney. Before their divorce and bitterly contested financial settlement, William Allred went to federal prison with three other men employed by his North Hollywood aircraft parts company. They were convicted of defrauding the US government.

What Gloria Allred does discuss, reservedly, is being raped at gunpoint in 1966 on vacation in Mexico, by a doctor who she accompanied to the hospital for his rounds. The rape resulted in an illegal abortion that almost killed her, putting her in the hospital with a 106-degree temperature and infection. 

 Gloria Allred (r) and daughter Lisa Bloom (l)

Gloria Allred (r) and daughter Lisa Bloom (l)

I found it thought-provoking to watch Gloria Allred as an activist who thrives on the fight. While she is portrayed as a highly-committed activist who refuses to back off, there is no attempt to downplay Allred's reputation for being a ferocious, committed, adept bulldog when she spars with men. Most women avoid brass balls conflict, but Allred doesn't flinch; in fact, she rises to the occasion. 

Writing for MarieClaire.com, Esther Zuckerman has a reaction similar to mine around Allred's cultivated, combative personality. 

 "I decided it was important to be fearless, and people needed to know that I have a passion for justice, this is my path, and we need to speak truth to power. In order to speak truth to power we need to be fearless," she says, adding that while boldness is in her blood, she never thought of herself in that way initially.

"It wasn't that hard because I think I don't have the fear gene in my body and neither did my mother. I don't think my daughter has it, nor does my granddaughter have it. My granddaughter's also an attorney. And then I realized that I wasn't just acting as a fearless attorney, I at some point realized: That's who I am."

Like so many of us, Gloria Allred was crushed over Hillary's loss and the rise of Donald Trump. Post election, Gloria is front and center at the Women's March, where angry male counterprotesters yelling at her suggesting she doesn't believe in God. 

Allred knows well that the "feminists are Satan" mantra thrives in Trumplandia. And she carries a metaphorical can of RAID wherever she goes, to rid us of these spineless misogynists who behave like entitled cockroaches. ~ Anne

Related: 'Hello, I'm Attorney Gloria Allred' by Los Angeles Magazine *****