Mark Sanford calls Stormy Daniels allegations 'deeply troubling'

Mark Sanford calls Stormy Daniels allegations 'deeply troubling'

Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordSanford: GOP lawmakers 'running for cover' over fear of Trump tweets Sunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Sanford: Trump is being allowed to lie without consequences MORE (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday that allegations President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE had an affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels were "deeply troubling."

Sanford also suggested Republicans would respond differently to the claims if they involved a Democratic president, according to The Washington Post's Erica Werner, who posted Sanford's comments on Twitter.

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"I believe that we need to recognize that everybody makes mistakes," Sanford said. "That having been said what we can't do in the body politic is whitewash the past or be purely tribal in our thinking."

The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen had paid Daniels $130,000 ahead of the November 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair.

Cohen later acknowledged that he did, in fact, pay Daniels the money, but insisted it came out of his own bank account and did not violate campaign finance rules. 

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is now asking a court to free her from a nondisclosure agreement barring her from speaking publicly about the alleged affair, arguing that Trump himself never signed the agreement and that Cohen violated the deal by acknowledging that he paid her.

The White House has denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels.

Sanford has his own history of sexual scandal. After a brief disappearance in 2009, while he was serving as the governor of South Carolina, Sanford acknowledged that he had been with his mistress in Argentina.

That revelation led him to resign as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.