Adult film star Stormy Daniels is cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating United States President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, U.S. media reported on Tuesday evening.
Mr. Cohen paid off Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just before the 2016 U.S. presidential election with $130,000 and Ms. Clifford is fighting against a nondisclosure agreement she said Mr. Trump never signed.
Trump was angered over the raid of his personal lawyer’s hotel room and office that was carried out earlier and appeared to suggest the Russia and probe and the allegations regarding campaign fraud in the Stormy Daniels pay-off are connected.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office and hotel room of Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer, fixer and confidant of Mr. Trump on Monday morning, according to U.S. media reports.
On Monday, Trump accused his own Justice Department of continuing a “witch hunt” and purported that the FBI “broke in to” Mr. Cohen’s office, calling the raid a “disgraceful situation” and an “attack on our country in a true sense” while speaking to media at the White House before a Syria response consideration meeting.
Early Tuesday morning, the president tweeted that “Attorney–client priviledge is dead!” and posted “a total witch hunt”, the term Trump uses to described the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling and accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
It gives the suggestion that the FBI raid, part of an investigation into possible bank fraud by Cohen, and the Russian collusion probe are tied together in regards to Cohen.
Sources inside the White House told CNN and that Trump sees the move against Cohen as proof that Mueller has leaped far beyond the constraints of his original probe into whether his campaign operatives colluded with Russia.
Trump had mused on Monday about potentially firing Mr. Mueller, saying “we’ll see what may happen. Many people have said, ‘You should fire him’.”
Technically, the president cannot fire Mueller directly but instead direct the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, to terminate the special counsel and his team, however, many lawmakers say this would be a devastating political move.
Mueller was appointed May 17 of last year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all Russia-probe related investigations.
More details to follow. Image of Stormy Daniels from social media.