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happening now, breaking news, mueller moves in. cnn has learned that special counsel robert mueller has subpoenaed the trump organization for business documents as part of its russia investigation. with this look now at the trump family's business empire, has mueller crossed the president's red line? sanctioning russia -- the trump administration announces punishment for moscow's meddling in the 2016 election, singling out more than a dozen russians already indicted by the special counsel robert mueller. why did the administration miss congress deadline by a month and a half? friend or foe -- as president trump moves closer to blaming russia for the poisoning of a former spy, the white house won't say whether the president, vladimir putin, is an ally or the enemy of the united states. why unwilling to call him out? and deadly bridge collapse -- a walkway collapse, crushing
cars and trapping the people inside. rescuers are working frantically to reach the victims. what caused the span to come crashing down? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news, special counsel robert mueller turning the sights of his investigation into russian election meddling toward president trump's business empire. a source tells cnn that mueller has subpoenaed the trump organization for business documents which "the new york times" says are related to russia. that news comes as the trump administration finally announced sanctions against russia for its interference in the 2016 election. congressman jim hines of the house intelligence committee is standing by. we'll talk about the breaking news, along with our experts and analysts. first, let's go to our chief
national security correspondent jim sciutto. he has details on latest twists in this russia probe. jim, mueller's investigation clearly appears to be picking up steam. >> wolf this is the clearest indication we've seen so far that mueller is expanding its investigation into trump's business dealings. we had heard before from witnesses who had been asked questions about business properties, deals, et cetera. we reported in january the trump organization had voluntarily supplied documents related to the businesses, but this is different, a subpoena, a legal demand that the trump business must comply with. tonight, signs the mueller investigation is expanding into president trump's business dealings. cnn has learned that special counsel robert mueller subpoenaed the trump organization for business documents, according to "the new york times," the subpoena included documents related to russia. in an interview with the "times" last july, trump said, looking into his family finances would cross a red line for him. >> mueller's looking at your finances and your family's
finances unrelated to russia. is that a red line? >> would that be a breach of what his actual -- >> i would say yes, i would say yes. by the way, i would say i don't -- i mean, it's possible, condos or something, i sell a lot of condo units and somebody from russia buys a condo, who knows. i don't make money from russia. >> reporter: an attorney for the trump organization told cnn today the company is cooperating fully. also tonight the special investigation acknowledging meddling in the election. and taking its toughest action, enacting sanctions on moscow to finally meet a congressional mandate to impose the penalties. among the russian targets on the li, all 13 people and three entitiy ies indicted by special counsel mueller last month for interference in the election, including this man, who has deep ties to russian president vladimir putin. also sanctioned, the company that pergoshin financially
backs, the internet research agency, a russian troll farm that produced divisive political posts on american social media platforms. to incite discord during the campaign. trump initially resisted the sanctions, signing them into law only in the face of veto-proof majorities in both houses. at the time, he lashed out at lawmakers on twitter, quote, our relationship with russia is at an all-time and very dangerous low. you can thank congress. the new sanctions also add more weight to robert mueller's investigation. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt. >> reporter: which the president has repeatedly dismissed. >> the president's been dragged kicking and screaming to this moment. what happened today with treasury validates the mueller indictment, which the administration was running away from. >> reporter: today, the u.s. also publicly blamed russia for a nerve agent attack that left a former russian spy and his daughter critically ill in britain. deeming the action a clear violation of international law. >> it certainly looks like ther.
something that should never, ever happen. and we are taking it very seriously as i think are many others. >> reporter: despite today's moves against russia, however, democrats say the president must do more. >> far past time that they did it. >> there's a series of provisions of the law that are pretty mandatory that the administration has not pursued against russia on financial institutions on arms transfers and other things, so there's a much more robust response that should be had. >> reporter: the treasury department statement strongly worded makes clear russian election interference is continuing and not to be missed here, says there are other cyber attacking going on of u.s. critical infrastructure, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation. these are real concerns for u.s. intelligence that russia can't just attack u.s. election systems but critical
infrastructure around the country. >> a lot to assess. pamela, what's the significance of this move by mueller? >> this is the first time we know robert mueller's team is demanding documents related to the president. for context in january, the trump organization turned over thousands of documents to mueller's team. it appears in this situation the fact they use a serious investigative tool, subpoena, to compel documents, either they feel like the trump organization didn't hand over all the necessary documents or want to be sure they have all of the documents. either way, this is clearly getting closer to the president and his business deals. the trump organization says it didn't have business in moscow, but we know he built consent to build a trump tower in moscow. never happened. but from our own reporting, something mueller's team is interested in. shows the investigation is picking up steam as the president continues to call it a witch-hunt. >> mueller used a subpoena,
didn't simply ask for the information, but use of subpoena says what? >> it says that they're very serious about cleaning up what they feel they haven't gotten or starting a new round of inquiry into information that they want to get. i think it is quite clear that this information, trump financial relationship with russia, if it can be found, is at the heart of mueller's investigation. it goes to the issue of motive. why did donald trump, why would he solicitous of russia during the campaign. why did russia support him during the campaign. whether there was relationship as his sons said several times there was, that question is at the heart of mueller's investigation. and it is certain he was looking into it previously, now with subpoenas, looking at it more zealously. >> the subpoena suggests to me and you, mueller's investigation
is going on and on. >> it is interesting. the advisers told him a number of times, thanksgiving, christmas, i don't know what holiday to extrapolate it was out to, it doesn't appear to be winding down based on this. but of course we don't know how far they'll take lines of inquiry. we know the lines of inquiry km exist and he is still digging. >> you remember, he told "new york times" if he asked for business records, that crosses a red line. >> almost like mueller's baiting the president to fire him. a move like this is a serious move. it shows mueller is serious about the investigation. and what will be interesting to see is if the president changes behavior towards mueller as an individual. so far as we know, he called the investigation a witch-hunt, but hasn't gone after robert mueller himself on twitter and elsewhere. as jim pointed out, his lawyers have been telling him this is going to wrap up soon,
thanksgiving, christmas, now we're in mid march. now we're getting news the trump organization has subpoenaed records related to business dealings, we have to wait and see if his behavior changes towards robert mueller as a result. >> what the president said was if mueller seeks business records other than about russia. so if the records are only about russia, that suggests that's within the president's red line. since we haven't seen the subpoena, we don't know. but i think that distinction is significant. >> the president doesn't like any of this. i know he drew a red line for anything related outside russia, but bottom line, he doesn't like any of this. >> the red line has no legal significance, it is just -- it just shows what will make him angry. and we'll see if he would do anything. >> is it possible that mueller is going after donald trump's tax returns which the president of course has been reluctant to release? >> i would be shocked if he
hadn't had tax returns for months. it's really a fairly easy process for a federal prosecutor to get an individual's tax returns if relevant to criminal investigation. >> directly from the irs? >> directly from the irs. the president wouldn't necessarily know whether mueller has them. just in terms of look at the number of prosecutors, you look at the scope of the investigation, you look at the question of motive and the president's finances, the tax return would seem to be central to many of those questions. >> good analysis. everybody stick around. don't go too far away. let's get reaction from the white house, senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny has more. >> reporter: this unknown thing in the middle of this, how the president will react to this report that special counsel is looking now into trump businesses. as we have been discussing here, the red line is certainly a central issue. i asked the white house press
secretary if the red line applies to russia or beyond or if the president still holds true to that. >> does he draw distinction between red line on family finances separately from family finances or business finances relating to russia as it pertains to this case? >> the president believes very strongly there was no collusion between the trump campaign and russia. we're going to continue to cooperate with special counsel and for questions specific to the trump organization, i refer you to them. >> reporter: sarah sanders answered every question about the red line with the standard response that they're cooperating. i went on to ask about the president's patience with all of this, is he, you know, essentially running out of it. he has been advised by his lawyers as jim and pamela were discussing that it would be over at christmas, at thanksgiving. sarah sanders said we're going to cooperate with special counsel. we look forward to them concluding soon. that's an open question if that will be soon or not.
with the possible staff changes in the air at the white house and indeed across washington, the central question is will the president put attorney general jeffrey toobin jeff sessions on the list. we don't know if he'll do that or not. certainly this is a new development that will have to get the president's reaction. perhaps we should keep an eye on twitter. >> let's see what he says if anything. jeff, thanks very much. let's get to more. jim hines is joining us, member of the house intelligence committee. thanks for coming in. >> good evening, wolf. >> what does it say that the trump organization has been subpoenaed by special counsel for business records? >> not one bit surprising, right? people in real estate know that an individual has all sorts of limited partnerships, corporate arrangements that would be easy, not saying they were, but would be easy targets for money laundering, for people that want to pay off an individual.
to me, this says that bob mueller typically is doing his work. >> the interview last summer with "new york times," suggested you go after my business dealings, that crosses a red line. could this move by robert mueller potentially result in new special counsel and the president deciding to fire him? >> we need to be clear about one thing, there is no individual in the united states, including the president of the united states, who is above the law. the president of the united states doesn't get to tell the fbi what they investigate any more than car thief or drug dealer on the street does. we are a nation of laws. it's interesting. the president by saying you don't get to look at my business dealings is almost saying hey, have a look. why else would he be in a moment in which he is saying he wants to fully cooperate with the investigation, why would he be creating that red line which as jeffrey toobin pointed out has no legal meaning. if he exercised that, took the actions you're talking about, it would be a crisis, particularly
at a political moment in time when an awful lot of my republican colleagues watching what happened in pennsylvania two nights ago are feeling nervous what it means to be affiliated with this president. >> could be a political crisis, could be a constitutional crisis as well if he goes too far in this area. lot of people are worried about that. as you know, the trump administration today finally enacted new sanctions against russia, a month and a half after the deadline imposed by congress as you know, including sanctions against a dozen russians indicted by special counsel robert mueller. the president as you know called this entire russia probe a witch-hunt, a ruse. but now the administration is going forward with sanctions, at least in part related to those allegedly involved. >> i guess i make two observations, wolf. number one, it's not enough. wasn't enough when president obama sanctioned individuals and closed two diplomatic facilities, it is certainly not enough that after a year of
protecting the russians, and remember, we still have no statement from the president of the united states about attempted murder by russian agents on a london, guess it wasn't london, on a british city street, using a weapon of mass destruction. this has been a pattern of isolating russia in the mind of the president from any culpability for anything. wolf, what will be interesting, the rest of the world staunl understands what the russians did to the process, when you see the republican report which i'm not going to tout here, you will see the republican report agrees with everybody else, that we had a significant attack by the russians. >> the president said from the oval office it looks like it was russia. they issued a statement together with other allies, uk, germany, france saying russia was involved in the poisoning of the ex-spy in salisbury, england. but let me get to another sensitive issue. you saw "the washington post" report today that they had audio
recording the president told a closed door fund-raiser in st. louis last night, that basically he acknowledged that he had lied to the canadian prime minister justin trudeau about the united states having a trade deficit with canada, trudeau said that's not true. what does it say that the president of the united states would concede publicly, say it in front of a group of republican fund-raisers that he lied to the canadian prime minister? >> again, sadly that's not a surprising thing, if you read donald trump's books, he talks about using i forget the exact phrase, exaggeration and twisting of the truth as negotiating technique. we have been under this president over a year now. every other tweet contains some fantastic, maybe it is a lie, maybe exaggeration, but frankly it is not surprising. what's troubling is that there was a time in this country where the president doing what he did with republican fund-raisers,
last night, would cause people to take notice. this is just another day at the office for donald trump. >> thanks for coming in. >> thanks, wolf. breaking news continues with more on robert mueller's subpoena of the trump organization. what does it tell us about the state of the investigation. and new evidence of the case involving the president and the porn star. tonight, we're learning of a link to the trump organization. . help people find their way. fastsigns designed new directional signage. and got them back on track. get started at fastsigns.com. vof hundreds of families, he'se hmost proud of the one the heads and got them back on track. he's kept over his own. brand vo: get paid twice as fast with quickbooks smart invoicing. quickbooks. backing you. we're almost there. stall. my video call's she's colagging. mom? surprise! surprise! hold up. hold up. we got a laggy video call here. you need verizon, the best network for streaming. try this new samsung galaxy s9 on verizon unlimited.
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russian investigation which we learned demanded documents from the trump family business. let's bring in experts and an lists. the trump organization was providing documents to robert mueller, now there's a formal subpoena put forward which sends a significant message. >> this is why it's so hard to evaluate this from the outside because there are a number of possibilities. it could be that the mueller office is unhappy with the amount of cooperation they're getting, it could be that they're just finishing up and they think they've gotten everything but just want to be sure they've gotten everything. what it does tell us, though, is that the trump organization, donald trump's businesses at the heart of the investigation because it goes to the issue of motive. why did donald trump, why would he so solicitous during the campaign. >> is this money laundering you're talking about?
>> not necessarily. could be related to the issue of motive for just cooperation. one of the great mysteries has always been why has donald trump never criticized vladimir putin. why did he change the republican platform in 2016 on ukraine to be more sympathetic to putin. one possibility is there was a financial entanglement between russia and the trump organization, and the documents would go a long way. >> subpoena from a grand jury? >> the grand jury subpoena is sort of a myth. it is done by prosecutors in the name of the grand jury, so prosecutors sit in their office and write out subpoenas, but it is done with the authority of the grand jury. >> david, does this cross the so-called red line the president drew last summer in the "new york times" interview when he said don't go after my family business? >> if it doesn't cross it, it certainly puts a tow on that line, it signals to jeffrey's
point the special counsel's investigation is ratcheting a notch tighter toward president trump's campaign, president trump's businesses, looking to connect the dots if there are dots to connect between russia, the campaign, the businesses, and what incentives there have been for, for instance, the president being so often solicitous and friendly toward vladimir putin and dismissive of american allies. >> kaitlin, we only learned about the subpoena today, it was apparently issued a few weeks ago. you talked to people surrounding the president. do you get a sense they're more concerned, deeply worried about what's going on? >> i think the president himself is. as we reported for months now, his lawyers told him this investigation is coming to an end time and time again. first it was it will be over by thanksgiving, then christmas, then the new year. here we are in the middle of march. what the subpoena signals, this is not ending soon but only extending for at least several
more months. i think they're running out of ways to pacify the president over the investigation because that's what they have been doing in the last few weeks. >> they're not running out of holidays, we have easter, memorial day, july 4th. >> seems like a source of frustration for him. they can no longer tell him that. you have to pair that with whales happened with the house intelligence committee, republicans announcing they say they found no collusion between the russians and trump campaign, and you wonder if that's going to be, if the president will lash out in coming weeks and use their statements as a way to vindicate himself from firing special counsel or what not because he certainly could use that. he believes it vindicates him. >> he often calls it a witch-hunt, hoax, a ruse. today his own administration, treasury department, imposed sanctions against a dozen or so russians who have been indicted by the special counsel. >> they had no option.
when special counsel came out mid march with indictment, at treasury, look at the people and institutions named, we better make sure we prevent financial transactions for them. when i look at this as former government bureaucrat, there is one interesting point here. you look at the agencies outside the white house that have issued statements on this. director of national intelligence, the cia, the fbi, the department of justice. nipp nikki haley has been tough on this. secretary of state, tough on russia, secretary of defense. now secretary of treasury coming out with sanctions that had to be coordinated from the white house. there's nobody left in town. everybody said you want to know who is responsible for this, it is moscow. >> do they go far enough, the new sanctions? >> you know, they're pretty modest. these are people that were already indicted. the sanctions are the least of their problems. they could be going to prison. >> not going to prison if they stay in russia. >> that's true. notice who is not on the list, for example, on the list of
oligarchs, you had the sponsor of the miss universe pageant in 2013, which donald trump ran at the time. he is not on the list. only people that are already indicted. they didn't go very far in deciding whom to sanction. >> everybody stand by a moment. there's more breaking news. we're getting word of a u.s. military helicopter that crashed in iraq. let's go to pentagon correspondent barbara starr. tell viewers what you're learning. >> reporter: wolf, at this hour details just coming into cnn. a u.s. military helicopter, black friday has crashed in western iraq according to u.s. military. it is crucial there, using the word crashed. initial reports are there were seven personnel on board. their fate at this hour is unknown. it is early friday morning in iraq. rescue and med-evac crews are on
the way to the site to see who they can rescue and what the state of the helicopter is. there are no reports at this hour it was hostile fire. but again, these are very initial reports about what has happened. of course, this helicopter was flying alongside another. they always fly in pairs. they'll be talking to other crew about what they may have seen. was there any indication of hostile fire. this has just happened in the last couple of hours. details are very sketchy now. again, u.s. military helicopter, black friday crashing in the words of the u.s. military in western iraq. rescue forces on the way. seven on board. wolf? >> barbara, we'll stay on top of this story and on top of all the breaking news. we'll be right back. thy armor was forged by a feeble-fingered peasant woman...
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saying. clearly he acknowledged himself he was lying to trudeau. >> our cnn colleague fareed zakaria wrote a post saying the president was not so much a liar but bs artist. when you listen to this recording, you see if you buy the idea that he is a bs artist, he's also proud to be a bs artist. the problem with trying to bs the canadian prime minister is twofold. it is not just the next door neighbor you try to renegotiate nafta with, this is a close security ally, country that went to afghanistan with us and works with us around the world. the idea you insult them even in what you think is a private setting, it does not soopeak we. >> we checked with the executive branch, the u.s. ran $2.7 billion surplus last year with canada. >> that's exactly right. so the president is making these types of comments for several
months now, wasn't just yesterday. this wasn't a brand new story he decided to tell, he long alluded to this. it gives you insight into what happened in meetings with him and world leaders. when he was in private life as business man, he could fudge the facts during debates and negotiations and his deal making that he used to do. i think that's acceptable when you're a businessman, i guess, depending what your morals are. when you're the world leader, america's leader and meeting with other world leaders, you can't just fudge the facts, makeup your own numbers. it gives insight into how negotiations go. i think it will be a tale of caution for other world leaders. obviously the president has recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. he said some countries could be excluded from them after they had direct negotiations the president. when he is in negotiations world leaders in australia or whatever, what is he saying about the numbers between the two countries? is he going to be making them up? i think that's a great question
they need to ask themselves when they walk into the meetings. >> irritated with the commerce secretary for the numbers that show a surplus with canada as opposed to deficit. the other interesting thing, that closed door fund-raiser, there's audio tape of it now, the president seems to suggest that unless south korea got its act together and improved trade with the u.s., the u.s. could pull out 30,000 troops stationed in south korea. this at a time weeks before presumably the president is meeting with kim jong-un. >> and who is going to be at the table with him closely, the south koreans. they're looking at this through a few lenses. they're saying i was with secretary of state tillerson, then the president says i am going to talk to the north koreans. they have to look at the president and say what do we believe when he speaks. what he said today or last month. when we have a new secretary of state, does he have the same views as rex tillerson. we talked about implications of
turnover and about the president's comments. this is a prime example. you talk to the soeruth koreans say this is what the president will say when we negotiate. what do they say, how do we trust you, you don't know. >> the president is learning you go to a background, meeting with fund raisers, 70, 80, 100 people, everybody has a phone like this. somebody is recording what the president is saying. just be careful. >> maybe he just shouldn't lie. just a suggestion. >> what does this say about his presidency, his powers, how he views himself? >> you know, we just sort of wear out the departures from the norms of presidential behavior. you know, it is all well and good to call it fudging, to call it bs artist. you're the president of the united states. negotiating with an important foreign leader, just char itait
making stuff up. these actions have consequences. you can't pinpoint necessarily what they are, but it is a degrading of the office that i don't think we can fully understand the full impact of it. >> i think i can pinpoint what they are. he tells us the iran nuclear deal is bad, after he doesn't know the state of the relationship with the canadians, how do we know he knows what the iran nuclear deal is. i don't. i don't believe him. >> he seems to be more going with his instinct, his gut now than listening to advisers. >> he does. there's been talk of course of this looming staff shakeup, especially with firing of the secretary of state on monday, via tweet. now i have asked sources why is the president so much more open to the idea of a staff shakeup. we heard from him today, he said he thinks change is good, he wants new ideas. they say it is he is more comfortable and self assured after a year on the job and
feels less inclined to listen to advisers and aides he feel restricted him from doing what he thinks is best, like staff changes. they warned him, if you make too many staff changes, it will look like you've got a chaotic west wing. people are going to buy into reports. i think he listened to that for awhile. i don't think he is doing that any more. he feels more comfortable on the job and is open and embracing the idea of chaos, of course that makes a lot of people laugh. the west wing seemed chaotic nearly a year now, but i do think he seems more open to making staff changes and taking people he truly wants like larry kudlow against advice of people that held that job and who they thought should take that position. >> plenty of others. we hear h.r. mcmaster, he may be gone, john kelly, white house chief of staff may be gone, even jeff sessions, the attorney general, shulkin, the veterans affairs secretary, every day more names are emerging. >> right. i don't know how long this takes
to draw out. when he appointed larry kudlow, what i thought is he is trying to cast the mclaughlin group. he wants a group of people that can go out there and speak on his behalf and articulate his policies on tv in a way he doesn't feel like his other advisers have, and that's more important than having the experience and expertise of the generals who he touted. >> you aren't old enough to remember the mclaughlin -- >> it is still on. >> he is totally right. he trusts more of his gut and his instinct, how he feels when he interacts with people than lesson the resume and who seems more qualified for the job. >> anybody else? >> still trying to think of the mclaughlin group member. >> i was once a guest. stick around.
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>> reporter: this edited surveillance video seen by the public for the first time appears to show the broward sheriff deputy assigned to protect the school standing outside as the mass shooting unfolded inside. police records show at 2:21, gunman nikolas cruz enters the building and begins shooting. a minute later, officer scott peterson is near an administration building and turns around. 2:23, while the shooter is killing students and teachers, peterson appears to move on a golf cart, can be observed standing between the 700 basically and 800 building, an area by the 1200 building where the shooting took place. peterson said he believed at one point shots were being fired from outside. dispatch audio from him indicates otherwise. inside, cruz continues his rampage, firing more than six months, stopping before peterson says this. >> broward, do not approach this 12 or 1300 building, stay at
least 5 or 600 feet away at this point. >> reporter: the shooter blends in with other students and flees the scene. broward sheriff's office adds this statement with the video release. the video speaks for itself. his actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation after being suspended without pay, peterson chose to resign and immediately retired rather than face possible termination. prior to disclosure, broward sheriff scott israel offered a more guttural response. >> what i saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position and he never went in. devastated. sick to my stomach. there are no words. >> stand by right there, do not move. >> reporter: meanwhile, release of more material from that day. coral springs police turn over dispatch calls of the moment he was apprehended. >> i have the suspect, nikolas
cruz. >> reporter: rosa flores, cnn, cor coral springs, florida. also learning about the case of stormy daniels against trump. sara sidner is working the story. turns out the president's company was involved? >> yeah, wolf, new information tonight, a new judge has been assigned to the case between stormy daniels and donald trump and cnn has obtained new documentation that shows another trump organization lawyer is linked to the stormy daniels litigation. less than ten days after donald trump's lawyer michael cohen issued a statement saying the trump organization was not involved in paying $130,000 in hush money to porn star stormy daniels, cnn has learned one of the company's lawyers was filing this demand for arbitration in california, attempting to stop daniels from speaking out. documents obtained by cnn show
jill martin, general counsel for trump organization, filed the arbitration request february 22nd. as the lawyer representing essential consultants llc. the shell company cohen created to funnel money to daniels. the filing lists martin's work dress as one trump drive in rancho pal owes verdict he is, home of the trump golf course. >> the focus of the filing in february was to gag my client, put a muzzle on her, prevent her from speaking. that's why they filed the arbitration. to obtain what's called a temporary restraining order. so this idea that there's separation between ecllc and donald trump and the trump organization is a complete and utter fiction. >> reporter: cohen previously said he acted without the knowledge of the president or his company and in a statement to cnn, the trump organization denied martin was acting in her
official capacity. as previously reported, lawrence rosen, a new york attorney, is representing ec, llc. the trump organization is not representing anyone, and with the exception of one of its california based attorneys in her individual capacity, facilitating the initial filing, the company has no statement, particularly given all the lawyers in the state of california. the fact that cohen would hire someone that works exclusively for the trump organization at the same time that he is telling the world that there is no relationship between the organization and the payment of the $130,000 to stormy daniels. i don't think the story is believable. >> reporter: daniels lawyer says he doesn't believe martin either and is ignoring an arbitration order signed by retired judge telling daniels not to talk about the hush money agreement.
instead, he says is he moving forward with the lawsuit filed in court with stormy daniels. he says is going forward including the possibility of deposing the president. >> we are going to begin a diligent well thought out discovery aimed at getting to the bottom of what happened. >> so will you seek to have the president sit for a deposition? >> well, we are not going to layout our strategy but i don't think that would ab big stretch. >> reporter: now stormy daniels says her legal representation is expensive as she tries to fight against the president of the united states and asked people for help crowd funding site. well, they have come to her aid, so far more than $134,000 has been donated to her fund. also, stormy daniels attorney mentions he has been contacted about i several other women who also may want to file cases
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