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.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.