WSJ Claims Trump Paid Off Porn Star; Just One Big Problem…

And so the week ends with a new Donald Trump scandal to top “S***hole”-Gate. Or does it?

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published a report alleging that back in 2006 (while married to Melania), the future president had an extramarital affair with porn star Stephanie Clifford, AKA “Stormy Daniels,” and that in October 2016, Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payoff to keep her from talking about it while other women were coming forward to accuse the candidate of sexual misconduct.

(Oh, and as an aside about how this whole story reminds us that truth really is stranger than fiction, back in 2009-2010 teased a potential primary candidacy against former Louisiana GOP Senator David Vitter, which never happened.)

It’s alarming, salacious stuff. However, the Right Scoop notes that in both the White House and Cohen’s statements responding to the story, they point out a key detail — these “new accusations” aren’t actually new.

From the White House:

“These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” a White House official said, responding to the allegation of a sexual encounter involving Mr. Trump and Ms. Clifford. The official declined to respond to questions about an agreement with Ms. Clifford. It isn’t known whether Mr. Trump was aware of any agreement or payment involving her.

From Cohen:

In a statement, Mr. Cohen didn’t address the $130,000 payment but said of the alleged sexual encounter that “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

Mr. Cohen added in the statement, addressed to The Wall Street Journal: “This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”

Sure enough, here’s a link to a post on the allegations from the far-left Daily Kos, dated November 5, 2016. (However, the $130,000 hush money amount is apparently new.)

The folks at Twitchy further note that Cohen produced the following letter from Clifford, who says unequivocally that she never had a sexual or romantic relationship of any kind with Trump, that she never received hush money to cover up a nonexistent affair, and a quip that if it had happened, “you would be reading about it in my book” rather than in the news media. Read the whole thing for yourself below:

So what do we have here, in the final analysis? Not much. All of the principle figures involved — both parties to the alleged affair and the man who supposedly facilitated the payoff — have expressly denied the claims on the record. Could they be lying? Sure. But in the absence of stronger countervailing evidence than what the Wall Street Journal presents, the media’s by-now familiar refrain of “people familiar with the matter,” there simply isn’t any reason to devote more concern or attention to the story.

What do you think of this whole skeevy situation? Let us know in the comments below!