WASHINGTON — FBI agents have raided the home and office of US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing business records that reportedly include details of payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims to have had an affair with Trump a decade ago, and was paid $130,000 in the weeks before the 2016 election to keep quiet about it.
Asked about the payment and the reported non-disclosure agreement Daniels had signed (but Trump had not), the president said he had no knowledge of it.
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Cohen for possible bank fraud over the payment, according to The New York Times.
The search warrants were executed by the office of the US Attorney for Southern District of New York but they were ‘in part’ related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“The decision by the US Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Mr Mr Cohen’s lawyer Stephen Ryan said in a statement.
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”
Mr Ryan did not elaborate further on the contents taken, but a source said the FBI seized emails, tax documents and business records, The New York Times reported.Follow @gorkhapost
32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say
JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.
Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.
Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.
“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.
Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.Follow @gorkhapost