How the president and his defenders’ explanations of the Stormy Daniels scandal have evolved over time (BI)

How the president and his defenders’ explanations of the Stormy Daniels scandal have evolved over time (BI)

The scandal involving President Donald Trump, his longtime fixer Michael Cohen, and porn star Stormy Daniels unraveled in early March, as team Trump confirmed a story he had spent the past months denying.

On August 21, Cohen struck a deal to plead guilty to eight federal crimes, including one count of making an illegal campaign finance contribution on the same day that a $130,000 payment to Daniels was finalized.

Cohen said he made the illegal campaign contribution to Daniels at the direction of Trump in order to influence the election.

In a series of statements, tweets, and on-air appearances, the president and his defenders have changed their statements considerably over time. Read more

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