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
Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village Innaarsuit, prompting tsunami fears
An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.
Video posted on social media on Thursday shows the iceberg towering over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit, when a massive chunk of ice slides off into the water sending big waves towards the village.
A danger zone close to the coast has been evacuated and people have been moved further up a steep slope where the settlement lies, a Greenland police spokesman said.
“We can feel the concern among the residents. We are used to big icebergs, but we haven’t seen such a big one before,” Susanna Eliassen, a member of the village council in Innaarsuit, told KNR.
The government and police are on high alert and have moved a search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter closer to the remote village with about 170 inhabitants.
Last summer, four people died after waves swamped a settlement in northwestern Greenland.Follow @gorkhapost