President Trump personally guided efforts in February to keep Stormy Daniels from talking about their alleged 2006 tryst — and his son Eric was enlisted to help in the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Trump allegedly instructed his then-lawyer Michael Cohen in a phone call to seek a restraining order against the adult film star.
Cohen coordinated with Trump’s son Eric – who’s been running Trump Organization with his brother Donald Trump Jr. – who then assigned a staff attorney to help with arbitration paperwork, sources told the Journal.
Trump has previously denied sleeping with Daniels and has tried to distance himself from Cohen’s efforts to keep her quiet.
Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight criminal charges, including two campaign finance violations related to a pre-election $130,000 payment he made to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Daniels signed a nondisclosure agreement drafted by Cohen in October 2016.
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Cohen said in court that he made the payments at Trump's direction.
But as Daniels considered taking her story public early this year, Cohen on Feb. 27 obtained a temporary restraining order.
The President was heavily involved in the February push to keep Daniels from going public as Cohen, Eric Trump and other Trump Organization attorneys worked together, which counters official statements from the company, the White House, the President and Cohen, according to The Journal.
The report also contradicts the President’s promise that he had disengaged himself from his company upon entering the White House.
Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti sued Trump and Cohen’s company, Essential Consultants, in March seeking the NDA be voided.