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Michael Cohen on Wednesday plans to present at least one check showing that President Donald Trump personally reimbursed him for hush money payments made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, during the 2016 campaign in order to keep her from talking about an alleged affair she had with Trump.
The check, dated Aug. 1, 2017, does not say what the payment was for.
In an opening statement obtained by the PBS NewsHour, Michael Cohen is expected to describe a check for $35,000 as “a copy of a check Trump wrote from his personal bank account – after he became president – to reimburse me for the hush money payments I made to cover up his affair with an adult film star and prevent damage to his campaign.”
The check, obtained by the PBS NewsHour, is dated Aug. 1, 2017.
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Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour; the moderator of Washington Week, the weekly public affairs show on PBS; and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters. She is currently covering the administration of President Joe Biden and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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