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Late Night Tackles Stormy Daniels

Jimmy Kimmel makes a mocking TV ad to explain why Trump's lawyer paid off Stormy Daniels

"Have you heard the latest on Stormy Daniels?" Jimmy Kimmel asked on Wednesday's Kimmel Live. On Tuesday night, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted that he paid the adult film star and alleged Trump paramour $130,000 right before the election, but out of his personal money. "He says he made a 'private transaction' — and would not comment on whose privates were transacted on — but this story is so unbelievable," Kimmel said. "I mean, the part about Trump not paying him back is believable, that I believe. The rest? What kind of an idiot would believe that his lawyer decided to pay a porn star more than $100,000 for no reason? They didn't have sex? He just decided to give her money?"

Kimmel Live gamely put together a TV ad for Cohen's imagined law firm that explained everything — or, rather, highlighted the ridiculousness of Cohen's position. Kimmel also volunteered to be the person Stormy Daniels tells her story to, now that, according to her agent, she believes Cohen invalidated their nondisclosure agreement. "This has to be handled sensitively — I feel like I'm nothing if not that," he deadpanned. Watch below. Peter Weber