According to FBI documents released this week from the now-closed investigation into Donald Trump’s now-jailed former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen, in October of 2016, the Donald Trump campaign was thrown into a panic by the release of the so-called Access Hollywood tape, as reported by Politico.
It was the release of that tape, on which Trump is heard making crude and vulgar comments about women as The Washington Post reported, that motivated Trump and his aides to attempt to silence Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who was believed to be going public with a story about her sexual encounter with the then-recently married Trump 10 years earlier, according to the FBI, in the newly unsealed documents.
On October 8, the day after the Access Hollywood tape was made public, Trump joined a phone call, with Cohen and his then-communications director Hope Hicks. According to the FBI, it was to discuss what would become a $130,000 “hush money” payoff to purchase Daniels’ silence, according to NBC News, because after the Access Hollywood release, the Trump campaign believed that Trump’s attitudes toward and treatment of women could sink his presidential bid.
But according to a report by Mother Jones magazine published this week, that call may not have been about Daniels at all.