Saturday, January 20, 2018

Porn stars and asteroids - WSJ reports Trump attorney used shell company to pay porn star

I’ll get to the asteroid in a little while. In the meantime, just in case you want to read the lurid details of Trump’s tryst with a porn star, here is the recent resurrection of her 2011 interview: Stormy Daniels’ Explosive Full Interview on Donald Trump Affair: “I Can Describe His Junk Perfectly”. But, like a lot of what goes down in Washington, the real story is not the deed but the cover-up.

538’s significant digits email (Jan. 19) reports on new details of the $130K hush money that the Wall Street Journal reports was paid to Stormy Daniels to stay mum about her self-reported tryst with (then married) Trump.

$130,000
The Wall Street Journal has uncovered a paper trail linking President Donald Trump’s lawyer to a $130,000 payment to an adult film performer weeks ahead of the 2016 election. The lawyer, Michael Cohen, founded Essential Consultants LLC of Delaware on Oct. 17, according to corporate records cited by the Journal, then used its bank account to send $130,000 to the client-trust account of a lawyer representing Stephanie Clifford. The payment was in exchange for not publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with the president, the Journal reported. [The Wall Street Journal]

The WSJ article is behind a pay wall, but here are other reports, some from WSJ reporters.

Trump lawyer used shell company to pay porn star: WSJ
Michael Rothfeld, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen used a private company to pay $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels. Duration: 5:54

WSJ: Trump lawyer used fake company to pay off porn star
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that, before the 2016 campaign, Trump attorney Michael Cohen set up a private company to pay $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels not to discuss an alleged affair with Trump. Duration: 1:36. [This one is from the Brian Williams MSNBC show.]

Trump Attorney Paid Porn Star Through Private LLC Created Weeks Before Election, Wall Street Journal Reports (from CNN).

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump’s lawyer formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the alleged encounter with Trump took place in July 2006 after a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.

The company, Essential Consultants LLC, was reportedly created in Delaware — which offers a higher standard of privacy to business owners — by attorney Michael Cohen, according to the Journal’s report, which cited corporate records and people familiar with the matter.

Here’s another 130,000 significant digit: 130,000 Ton Asteroid to Pass by Earth
2/8/2013 11:35AM

The 2013 asteroid missed earth. Trump might not be so fortunate. The $130,000 cover-up might score a direct hit on his presidency.

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