President Trump directed his then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen and son Eric to work together in February to block former porn star Stormy Daniels from going public with allegations she had an affair with Trump, according to a report on Tuesday.
After learning that Daniels was planning to tell her story to the media despite a signing a nondisclosure agreement in October 2016, Trump phoned Cohen to seek a restraining order against her, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The president’s son, who is overseeing the family business with brother Donald Trump Jr., then enlisted a Trump Organization attorney in California to sign off on the arbitration paperwork, the newspaper reported.
In the phone call, the president ordered Cohen to enforce the contract in arbitration and said he would cover the legal costs.
“I’ll take care of everything,” Trump said.
Cohen, who pleaded guilty in federal court to campaign finance violations in August, admitted paying Daniels $130,000 weeks before the 2016 election to stay silent about the affair she alleges she had with Trump in 2006.
Cohen’s now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.
Jay Sekulow declined a request from the Wall Street Journal for comment.
So did the Trump Organization and Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer.