Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, appeared in court early this week to try to shield documents that were seized in the recent FBI raid on his apartment.
These files have been added to the mounting pile of evidence in the ongoing investigations into the Trump team.
Just after the hearing, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels gave a short, yet powerful statement outside the Manhattan courthouse.
“Hi everyone,” Daniels started. “So, for years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law. He has considered himself, and openly referred to himself, as Mr. Trump’s fixer.”
She continued, “He has played by a different set of rules — or should we say, no rules at all. He has never thought that the little man, or especially women, and even more, women like me, mattered. That ends now.”
“My attorney and I are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened, and I give my word that we will not rest until that happens,” Daniels added.
Daniels was, of course, referring to the situation that began a few years ago which she talked about in an exclusive 60 Minutes interview.
In May 2011, Stormy agreed on a deal to sell her story to a magazine for $15,000. Unfortunately, the story never ran. According to two former employees, after the magazine, In Touch, reached out to Trump for comment, Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, threatened to sue. Daniels claims she never received payment.
A few weeks later, however, she was approached by a strange man in a gym parking lot who seriously threatened her.
“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter,” Stormy began. “Taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, gettin’ all the stuff out. And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.'”
“Then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”
Five years later, Stormy got a call from her lawyer, claiming he had the “best deal” for her.
The deal was an offer from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, of $130,000 not to talk about her story, as long as she signed a non-disclosure agreement.
She ended up signing the agreement 11 days before the election.
A little over a year after signing, however, the story broke anyway. The Wall Street Journal published a piece after they had uncovered that Michael Cohen had paid Stormy “hush money” just before the election.
After it was published, Stormy said she felt pressured by her former lawyer and former business manager to sign additional statements, that were then published publically, that fully denied that the affair ever happened.
Watch Daniels give her statement on the Manhattan Courthouse steps here:
“For years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law,” Stormy Daniels says amid legal battle over Michael Cohen’s seized materials.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 16, 2018