Trump has denied that he had affairs with either Daniels or McDougal. On Wednesday, he accused Cohen of “(making) up stories in order to get a ‘deal’” and praised his former campaign manager Paul Manafort for refusing to “’break’” in a separate case stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
A Virginia jury found Manafort guilty Tuesday on eight of 18 charges, including tax fraud, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts. Although the charges stemmed from the Mueller probe, they did not touch on questions of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or its possible ties to Trump campaign officials.
Daniels said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. She signed a non-disclosure agreement shortly before voters went to the polls for the 2016 presidential election in exchange for $130,000 from Cohen. She has since sued to break the agreement.
McDougal claimed she had a nearly yearlong affair with the president in 2006 and 2007. The rights to McDougal's story were bought in August 2016 by American Media Inc., the company that publishes the National Enquirer, The Wall Street Journal reported, but her story was never published.
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