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Stormy Daniels thanks Cohen for testimony: ‘I’m proud of you’

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Adult-film star Stormy Daniels on Wednesday thanked Michael Cohen for testifying about the payment she received to keep quiet about an alleged affair with President Trump.

Daniels issued a statement to MSNBC as Trump’s former personal lawyer testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee expressing sympathy for Cohen and his family. 

“Michael, I’m proud of you for finally beginning to tell the truth about what you did, and trying to repair some of the harm you have caused,” Daniels said. “I can hear the pain and regret you feel for betraying your family and your country. My heart goes out to you and your family.”

{mosads}Daniels said she empathized with Cohen’s fear, and noted that he and the president previously called her a liar. During a “60 Minutes” interview last year, she alleged that an individual implied something would happen to her daughter if she spoke about the alleged affair with Trump.

“Do you believe now that when you and the president called me a liar, when you were his attorney and you insulted me, threatened to bankrupt me and worse, that you put me and my family in danger?” Daniels asked. “I remember the fear you feel. I still feel it.”

“Thank you for having the courage, at long last, to begin to tell the truth,” she added. “I hope that someday soon your family and mine can both leave this nightmare behind.”

The Hill has reached out to Daniels’s attorney for comment.

Cohen testified on Wednesday that Trump was aware of the scheme to pay Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about the alleged affair. 

Cohen said the president called him in 2018 to coordinate public messaging after reports on the payment first emerged, and provided a check from Trump that he said was a reimbursement for the payment to Daniels.

The president has provided shifting explanations about his knowledge of the payments, but has denied the alleged affair and insisted the arrangement did not violate campaign finance laws.

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