Michael Cohen Attacks The Media Following Report On His Email Use

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 19: Michael Cohen, a personal attorney for President Trump, and his lawyer Stephen Ryan, off camera, address the media in Hart Building after the Senate Intelligence Committee meeting to discuss Russian interference in the 2016 election was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen on Saturday morning took a page out of his boss’ playbook and lashed out at the media for covering his email use as opposed to the February jobs report.

NBC News reported on Friday that Cohen used his Trump Organization email address while arranging a $130,000 payment to porn actress Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, in exchange for her silence.

Cohen allegedly pushed Clifford to sign a “hush agreement” barring her from discussing her alleged relationship with Trump. Clifford sued Trump this week, claiming that he never signed the agreement, rendering the agreement invalid. Cohen has acknowledged that he paid Clifford, but he denies that he did so with any expectation that Trump would reimburse him.

Reports about the agreement have roiled the White House this week, as more news about Cohen’s payment to Clifford and the non-disclosure agreement surface.

Asked on Wednesday about reports that Cohen sought to silence Clifford through a temporary restraining order and initiated arbitration proceedings, Sanders told reporters that Trump denies the allegations and that the arbitration case had been won “in the President’s favor.” The comment appeared to acknowledge that Trump was somehow involved with Clifford and the hush agreement.

Sanders’ comments at the press briefing irked Trump, who felt that she fueled the fire on the Stormy Daniels story, according to CNN.

Asked again about Trump’s alleged relationship with the porn actress on Friday, Sanders said, “We’ve addressed this extensively and I don’t have anything more to add.”