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Michael Cohen testimony: History between Trump, Cohen

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No one tested Cohen’s loyalty to Trump more than Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actor and director whom Cohen admitted to paying $130,000 just days before the 2016 presidential election, with federal prosecutors saying it was done “at the direction of” and “in coordination with” Individual 1, referencing Trump.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said the money was to keep her quiet about an affair she said she’d had with Trump back in 2006. Cohen and other Trump representatives have denied the affair.

During an interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that aired in April, Daniels described her account of the affair in lurid detail.

While the more salacious claims about her sexual encounter with Trump grabbed most of the headlines, one startling accusation may have implicated Cohen.

In 2011, weeks after she agreed to tell a sister publication of In Touch magazine about what she described as a yearlong relationship with Trump, Daniels said a man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot.

She said the man told her to “leave Trump alone” and “forget the story.” She then said he leaned in, looked at her infant daughter, and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl — it’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

After the “60 Minutes” interview, Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told NBC News that the man she said threatened her “had to be someone that is related to Mr. Trump or Mr. Cohen.”

In response, Cohen’s lawyer demanded Daniels cease and desist and apologize for the suggestion that Cohen was behind the incident.

While there is no evidence suggesting Cohen was responsible for the threat, Daniels’ claim isn’t the first time someone close to Trump has been accused of making threatening or intimidating remarks.

On two other occasions — neither of which involved Cohen — BuzzFeed News reported that Trump associates were accused of threatening people to keep quiet about information that could hurt Trump’s business.

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