Washington: Stormy Daniels on Wednesday (local time) thanked US President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen for “having the courage” to “begin telling the truth”.
The adult star’s remark came after Cohen, in his now-concluded public testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, claimed that Trump directed him to pay Daniels “illegal hush money” – USD 1,30,000 – during the 2016 Presidential elections.
Cohen noted that he was reimbursed for the payment and presented a copy of the cheque before the House Committee to prove it during Wednesday’s hearing.
“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. 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,” Daniels wrote in the statement posted on Twitter.
“You spoke about how the president and his attorney put you and your family in danger by calling you a liar and a rat and disparaging you in public. I understand your fear, Michael. I have a family too,” she added.
Daniels stated, “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? 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. I hope that someday soon your family and mine can both leave this nightmare behind,” the actress lastly said.
Cohen made startling revelations about Trump during Wednesday’s proceedings. He claimed that Trump had lied about his role in Moscow’s Trump Tower project during the Presidential campaign 2016 – the elections where he beat his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton to take charge as the 45th President of the United States. He also stated that Trump never expected to win the elections, which were merely a marketing opportunity for the former businessman.
“My loyalty to Mr Trump has cost me everything – my family’s happiness, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honour, my reputation and soon my freedom,” Cohen had remarked before the House Committee, showing contriteness.