Stormy Daniels, the porn star engaged in a prolonged public and legal feud with Donald Trump, was supposed to meet with federal prosecutors on Monday to help them take down Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, but to the "shock" of Daniels' media-darling lawyer Michael Avenatti, the meeting was abruptly canceled.
The problem, the Guardian reports, is that the expert attention-grabber Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) and Avenatti's big meeting got too much attention, including from the Guardian. The prosecutors told Daniels and her attorney that the Monday meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan was officially off because it had been publicized by multiple news organizations.
"[A]fter several news organisations, including the Guardian, reported on the meeting, two prosecutors called Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, and told him that they were concerned about media attention in the case, he said," the Guardian reports.
"I was shocked at that response," Avenatti told the Guardian.
Avenatti said that he offered to relocate the much-hyped meeting, but to no avail. So far the meeting hasn't been rescheduled and prosecutors have offered no further explanation for their decision to drop the interview.
When Special Counsel Robert Mueller first recommended federal investigators look into the past business dealings of Trump's "fixer," Daniels and her lawyer were quick to announce that they'd be more than willing to offer as much evidence as they had to prosecutors.
After the FBI raided Cohen's home, hotel room, and office in April looking for evidence of potential, bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, Avenatti — who at the height of the saga was interviewed by CNN 59 times over two months — appeared on MSNBC to predict triumphantly that Cohen would "fold like a cheap deck of cards" and turn on Trump.
The adult entertainer's attorney has reportedly since handed over all relevant documents about the infamous $130,000 nondisclosure agreement to the feds in hopes of bringing down Cohen and Trump. So far, no formal charges against Cohen have been brought.
Despite signing the agreement, which she argues is invalid, Daniels has repeatedly stated publicly that she had a one-night consensual sexual affair with Trump in 2006.