State prosecutors in Manhattan subpoenaed President Trump’s family business on Thursday, demanding the Trump Organization turn over documents related to hush-money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign, reports The New York Times.
According to the Times:
The inquiry from the district attorney’s office, which is in early stages, is examining whether any senior executives at the company filed false business records about the hush money, which would be a state crime, the people said.
Marc L. Mukasey, an attorney for the Trump Organization, called the inquiry a “political hit job.”
“It’s just harassment of the president, his family and his business, using subpoenas as weapons. We will respond as appropriate,” Mukasey said.
The Times reports that the investigation will focus on a $130,000 payment Michael Cohen, the president’s lawyer and fixer at the time, gave to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump
Trump’s former fixer also helped arrange for a tabloid media company to pay the Playboy model Karen McDougal, a second woman who said she also had an affair with the president.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Thursday also subpoenaed the media company, American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer.