The FBI has subpoenaed and interviewed the manager who DailyMail.com revealed tried to sell Stormy Daniels's story of sex with Donald Trump, it was reported Wednesday.
TMZ said agents had spoken to Gina Rodriguez, who DailyMail.com previously disclosed had tried to help Daniels sell her story for $200,000 in the run-up to the 2016 election.
The subpoena told her to hand over communications between her and Michael Cohen - Trump's embattled personal attorney - Keith Davidson, the porn star's then attorney, and with Daniels herself.
The website reported that there were no communications with Cohen, but 'numerous' with Daniels and Davidson.
The development emerged more than a month after DailyMail.com revealed how Rodriguez made the rounds of celebrity magazines, television shows, and websites in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, hoping someone would bite.
She promised a story of Stormy's titillating sexcapade with the man who would soon be in the Oval Office.
Stormy Daniels's tried to sell her story about sex with Trump to multiple celebrity magazines, television shows, and websites in the run-up to the 2016 election - but was turned down and took $135,000 from Michael Cohen for her silence. Finally she spoke to Anderson Cooper in March
Stormy's manager had promised a titillating story of their one-night-stand. Daniels provided this picture of herself with Trump to back her claim
But with polling day getting ever closer, and her chances of a payday getting more remote as Trump appeared doomed to lose to Hillary Clinton, Daniels gave up on her money chase and accepted the $130,000 that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had dangled in front of her in a bid to keep the story quiet.
'It looks to me that she accepted Cohen's money because she could not get the money she wanted from anyone else,' one media executive said.
DailyMail.com was among the outlets approached by Stormy's manager Gina Rodriguez in October 2016. We turned her down.
Daniels told her version of her tryst with Trump to Anderson Cooper on CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday. Cooper reported that she had sold her story to a tabloid magazine for $15,000 years before, but it did not run because of libel threats from Cohen and she was never paid.
After Trump won the Republican presidential nomination interest in Daniels's story grew and she claims she turned down offers to speak.
Stormy made it seem as though she did not seek to sell her story, telling Cooper: 'Suddenly people are reaching out to me again, offering me money. Large amounts of money. Was I tempted? Yes - I struggle with it,' she told Cooper.
Then, she claims, Cohen approached her with his $130,0000 offer.
But the fact is that Stormy's team was aggressively pursuing a deal to sell her story to the highest bidder.
During the 60 Minutes interview, Daniels, 39, said she had 'swatted' the future president's backside a couple of times with a copy of Trump Magazine and that they had had sex just once in a Nevada hotel suite.
Cooper did not ask her to elaborate on what the sex was like.
Daniels, 39, an adult film actress whose body of work includes The Witches of Breastwick, Camp Cuddlypines Powertool Massacre, and Spreading My Seed, mused to Cooper on whether she should now be speaking out.
She pointed out she was not being paid for the interview and when Cooper asked her if the notoriety would help her 'Make America Horny Again' tour of strip clubs, she replied that she could end up being shunned.
Daniels ultimately did not receive any takers on her story because Hillary Clinton was expected to secure the presidency, meaning her story would have been worth a fraction of her asking price
'I could automatically be alienating half of my fan base right at this very moment,' she said.
But in 2016, Daniels saw her