January 12, 2018: Daniels (or Maybe Cohen) Denies Affair
Cohen also emailed a two-paragraph statement, which was ostensibly from Daniels. It said she was denying any “sexual and/or romantic affair” with Trump, and, “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false.”

January 30, 2018: Daniels (or Cohen) Issues Another Denial 
Cohen released a statement signed by Daniels in which she denied the affair. “My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more,” it said. “When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence.

January 30, 2018, and March 25, 2018: Daniels Denies Her Denials
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! later that night, Daniels saidthat she didn’t know where the letter came from. Months later she toldAnderson Cooper that the statements released by Cohen were both untrue, and she only signed them “because they made it sound like I had no choice.

In response to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the $130,000 payment violated campaign-finance laws, Cohen told the New York Times he paid her out of his own pocket. He would not say why or what Trump knew about it.“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

February 14, 2018, and March 19, 2018: Cohen Says Trump Never Paid Him Back
In two interviews with Vanity Fair, Cohen reiterated that the $130,000 came from his own bank account, and Trump did not reimburse him.

May 3, 2018: Giuliani Elaborates on Trump’s Payment Plan
Following the uproar caused by his Fox News interview, Giuliani told several outlets that Trump knew that he planned to disclose the reimbursement, and offered more detail. He told the New York Times that Trump was unaware of the deal when Cohen set up the hush agreement, but later he decided to pay him back:

“Some time after the campaign is over, they set up a reimbursement, $35,000 a month, out of his personal family account,” Mr. Giuliani said. He added that over all, Mr. Cohen was paid $460,000 or $470,000 from Mr. Trump through those payments, which also included money for “incidental expenses” that he had incurred on Mr. Trump’s behalf.

“That removes the campaign finance violation, and we have all the documentary proof for it,” Giuliani added.