Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says Donald Trump and his press secretary were directly involved in discussions that led to an illegal hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election campaign, according to the FBI. A court filing unsealed on Thursday said Trump and Hope Hicks spoke repeatedly with Michael Cohen, Trump’s longterm legal fixer, in October 2016 as Daniels – also known as Stephanie Clifford – threatened to sell her story of an affair with Trump. “I believe that at least some of these communications concerned the need to prevent Clifford from going public,” an FBI agent wrote, in an application for a search warrant. ... https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/18/trump-hope-hicks-stormy-daniels-michael-cohen-fbi No surprise here, but today's court filing reinforces what we already knew from Cohen's congressional testimony as well as his court indictment and testimony. Hope Hicks, for her part, is a lying swamp creature who is now "a senior executive at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corporation." Now that Trump owns the swamp, he is busy populating and benefiting from it. It is imperative that he be removed ASAP to face justice and to preserve our democratic institutions from his corrupting influence.