WASHINGTON (CNN)- President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer used his Trump Organization email account to communicate details of a payment transfer to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with the President before his time in office, Daniels’ attorney confirmed to CNN Friday.
Michael Avenatti provided an email to CNN in which Cohen confirmed the transfer to Daniels’ former attorney, Keith Davidson. In the email, both Cohen’s personal email account and trumporg.com email account were used.
The deposit was confirmed to Cohen by a First Republic Bank employee.
Avenatti, speaking on MSNBC, said Cohen’s use of his business email to conduct this transaction could be an indication that he was acting in an official capacity as a legal counsel to Trump when he transferred the money to Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford.
While this development brings the payment to Daniels closer to Trump himself, it is not proof that he knew about it
. Any involvement by Trump would indicate the payment was an in-kind campaign contribution which was not disclosed to the Federal Election Commission, which would be a violation of federal law, according to Paul S. Ryan, a campaign finance attorney who works for Common Cause.