Federal Prosecutors Cancel Meeting With Stormy Daniels
Adult film star Stormy Daniels was set to meet with federal prosecutors Monday regarding activities of President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, but prosecutors cancelled after word got out to the media.
Daniels was reportedly going to sit down with attorneys overseeing the millions of paper and electronic documents seized in the raids of Cohen’s hotel room, home and office. However, Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, revealed in a tweet that the prosecutors backed away from the meeting once press reports cropped up.
ever bring any serious criminal charges against Cohen et al., let alone handle a trial, in such a high profile matter? We have bent over backwards to accommodate them. This is unheard of. We remain willing to cooperate but something isn’t right…
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 25, 2018
Avenatti also posted an email he had sent prosecutors in which he called their decision “ridiculous” and offered to meet with them outside of their office if need be.
A spokesman for the prosecutors declined to provide comment, according to the Washington Post.
Cohen is being investigated for alleged bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations – in particular, his involvement in a $130,000 payment to Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels claims it was “hush money” to prevent her from speaking about an alleged 2006 affair she had with Trump.
Daniels has filed two lawsuits against Trump: one to nullify the deal she had signed in 2016 to not speak of the affair, which she said Trump had not signed, and a second defamation lawsuit for the president’s tweets suggesting she made the story up.
In a financial disclosure released last month, Trump acknowledged that Cohen had incurred an expense on the president’s behalf of an amount between $100,001 and $250,000, though he did not say the exact amount.
Cohen has yet to be charged with a crime.