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Porn star feels free to tell Trump story

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February 15, 2018

Stormy Daniels thinks a lawyer voided the non-disclosure pact and she can talk about Donald Trump.

A private lawyer for US President Donald Trump says he paid $US130,000 ($A182,000) of his own money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who once claimed she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

The payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was made during the 2016 presidential election campaign but the lawyer, Michael Cohen, said he was working alone and that it was not a campaign expense.

"Neither the Trump Organisation nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Cohen said in a statement issued on Tuesday night.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.

In his most detailed account yet of what happened, Cohen said in his statement that the payment was a "private transaction".

He did not explain why he made the payment or say whether Trump was aware of it.

The White House referred questions about the payment to Cohen.

Cohen's statement was in response to a complaint filed at the Federal Election Commission by the Common Cause watchdog group.

Common Cause argued in its complaint that the payment amounts to a campaign contribution well in excess of the $US2,700 limit to the amount any individual can give, and it has asked the FEC to enforce campaign finance laws.

It says the timing and circumstances of the payment "make it appear that the hush money was paid to Daniels in an effort to influence the election." It called on the FEC to conduct a full investigation.

The FEC confirmed it received Common Cause's complaint and declined to comment on the case.

Daniels' manager, Gina Rodriguez, said that by issuing the statement, Cohen was in violation of a non-disclosure agreement with Daniels about the matter and that Daniels believes she can now talk about it publicly.

"Yes, Stormy is going to talk," she said, but didn't say where or when.

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