White House: President Trump didn't know about payment to porn star

Trump has also denied having a sexual relationship with the actress.

Previously, through a lawyer, Clifford denied the two had an affair, but Avenatti said Wednesday that was to meet the terms of the nondisclosure agreement.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels was ordered by an arbitration judge not to sue Donald Trump, according to an attorney for President Trump's longtime personal legal counsel.

Daniels says that Trump's long time personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has continued to try to silence her about her "intimate" relationship with Trump that ranged from 2006 to 2007, and began shortly after Melania gave birth to their only son Barron.

The alleged deal was signed on October 28, 2016, just few days before the 2016 United States presidential election.

"The suit was filed by Daniels" new lawyer, Michael Avenatti, who commented to the Post in an email. A year earlier, a domestic battery case was filed against her and was arrested in July.

Cohen has said he paid Clifford $130,000 of his own money in 2016, the year Trump was elected president, but said neither the Trump Organization nor Trump's campaign was a party to the transaction, though he declined to say publicly what it was for.

"That's a question that Miss Daniels will have to ultimately answer", Avenatti said. "The extent of Mr. Trump's involvement is these efforts is presently unknown, but it strains credibility to conclude that Mr. Cohen is acting on his own accord without the express approval and knowledge of his client Mr. Trump".

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The hush agreement does "not exist, because, among other things, Mr Trump never signed" the document with a Superior Court of California stamp, the suit says.

"It's our position that the entire agreement is null and void because he did not sign it", the lawyer told the Today show.

Cohen previously acknowledged arranging the payment to Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, but he did not disclose the objective.

But Daniels lawyers claim Trump, who in the agreement used the pseudonym David Dennison, never signed the agreement, nullifying it.

It is unclear at what point during the talks about the NDA Cohen had personally wired $130,000 into Daniels' bank account. The extent to which her information may be able to damage Trump and his presidency remains unclear.

That was the last time the matter was addressed by the White House until Wednesday, when Sanders said she didn't "have anything else to add".

"25. Also in January 2018, and concerned the truth would be disclosed, Mr. Cohen, through intimidation and coercive tactics, forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that reports of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false".

The suit says that Cohen tried to keep Clifford from talking about her relationship with Trump as recently as February 27, 2018.

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