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Prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels interview, attorney says

Posted June 24, 2018 11:17 p.m. EDT

— Federal prosecutors have canceled their planned interview with Stormy Daniels Monday, according to Daniels' attorney.

In a tweet late Sunday, attorney Michael Avenatti said prosecutors were canceling their meeting with the adult film actress because of media attention.

"So I was just informed by the US Attys office that they are cancelling the mtg tmrw scheduled with me and my client (for weeks) because the press found out about the mtg and they can't handle a few cameras outside their offices," he said.

The US attorney's office had no comment earlier Sunday when word leaked out about the session.

The interview had been expected to focus on the $130,000 hush money Daniels received in 2016 from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump about a decade earlier, which Trump denies.

Avenatti went on to say: "If they consider this a big deal, how will they ever bring any serious criminal charges against Cohen et al, let alone handle a trial in such a high profile matter?

"We have bent over backwards to accommodate them. This is unheard of. We remain willing to cooperate but something isn't right ..."

A source familiar with the matter told CNN earlier Sunday the interview with prosecutors from the Southern District of New York scheduled for Monday afternoon was in advance of Daniels' grand jury testimony.

Daniels has been cooperating with prosecutors for several months and has been in regular contact with them, according to the source.

Daniels was subpoenaed by prosecutors as a part of the Cohen investigation, the source said, and she provided authorities with documentation about the $130,000 payment. The Washington Post first reported the interview.

For months, Cohen has been at the center of a firestorm after reports surfaced that he made the payment to Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.

Trump -- who previously said he was not aware of the $130,000 payment -- denied that any campaign money was used to reimburse Cohen and said he personally reimbursed Cohen for the payment.