>> The legal battle between porn star Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen may be overlapping with the Russia probe. As special counsel Robert Mueller digs into the secret payments that came to light this week. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the dispute between the porn star and Trump's self-described fixer initially appeared to be a sideshow.
But now there are signs that it may be much bigger than that. Her lawyer releasing documents earlier this week that showed that Cohen took in millions of dollars in payments from Fortune 500 companies, and a firm controlled by a Russian billionaire. The White House has been all but silent on the matter, but some of the companies involved have started to fill in the blanks.
Saying they've already been talking with the criminal investigators on Muller's team. Two of the companies that made payments to Cohen, Novartis and AT&T said they were contacted by Muller's office in late 2017, and provided all the information that was requested. That was months before the FBI raided Cohen's office.
A sign that Mueller may be taking a look at Trump's business dealings, as it tries to determine whether his campaign worked with Russia to win the White House in 2016. Now Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani is saying the president didn't know that Cohen was selling his proximity to the oval office.
Cohen's lawyers are saying that Avenatti may have obtained those documents illegally. And with all this going on, Vice President Mike Pence is saying he thinks it's time for Muller to wrap up the whole Russia investigation. But as each of these new revelations comes to light, the pressure only builds on the White House to let the investigation run its course.