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Criminal probe into Donald Trump’s role in paying porn star Stormy Daniels ‘gets jump-started’


A criminal probe into former President Donald Trump's role in hush payments to a porn star is reportedly starting up again

A criminal probe into former President Donald Trump’s role in hush payments to a porn star is reportedly starting up again (Picture: AP)

A criminal investigation has reportedly resumed into ex-President Donald Trump’s involvement in payments to porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence on their alleged affair.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office, newly under the leadership of Alvin Bragg, is reinvigorating its probe into the hush payments to Daniels, sources familiar with the matter told The New York Times on Monday.

It surrounds a $130,000 payment that Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, made from his funds to Daniels leading into the 2016 presidential election. Trump and his family business, the Trump Organization, later reimbursed Cohen.

Cohen in 2018 pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations linked to the hush payment and served a three-year prison sentence.

But the investigation into the payment and Trump’s ties to it reached a dead end. The district attorney’s office instead began examining Trump’s overall business practices.

It was only recently that Bragg informed his associates, at least one attorney and his supporters that he believes a case can be made against Trump, according to The Times.

Prosecutors are pressuring former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg to cooperate in the investigation to shed new light, the newspaper reported. Weisselberg has direct knowledge of the payment to Daniels but has resisted pressure to speak on it.

The report comes three days after Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special counsel to oversee two criminal investigations into Trump.

Jack Smith, a veteran prosecutor, will look over the Justice Department’s probe into classified documents Trump brought with him to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House. Smith will also delve into Trump’s efforts to undo the 2020 presidential election results and the January 6 Capitol riot.

The report of the criminal probe into Trump and Daniels getting a new life comes less than a week after Trump announced his 2024 presidential bid.

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