Rep. Mark SanfordPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE had an affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels were “deeply troubling.”Marshall (Mark) Clement SanfordMitt Romney had his chance and failed; time to step aside Trump promises ‘big week’ for infrastructure, eyes foreign aid House Republicans’ bill would redirect Pakistan aid money to US infrastructure MORE (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday that allegations
Sanford also suggested Republicans would respond differently to the claims if they involved a Democratic president, according to The Washington Post’s Erica Werner, who posted Sanford’s comments on Twitter.
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– Erica Werner (@ericawerner) March 7, 2018
“I believe that we need to recognize that everybody makes mistakes,” Sanford said. “That having been said what we can’t do in the body politic is whitewash the past or be purely tribal in our thinking.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen had paid Daniels $130,000 ahead of the November 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair.
Cohen later acknowledged that he did, in fact, pay Daniels the money, but insisted it came out of his own bank account and did not violate campaign finance rules.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is now asking a court to free her from a nondisclosure agreement barring her from speaking publicly about the alleged affair, arguing that Trump himself never signed the agreement and that Cohen violated the deal by acknowledging that he paid her.
The White House has denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels.
Sanford has his own history of sexual scandal. After a brief disappearance in 2009, while he was serving as the governor of South Carolina, Sanford acknowledged that he had been with his mistress in Argentina.
That revelation led him to resign as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.