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Emails appear to show that the Columbus Police Department bragging after they arrested adult film actress Stormy Daniels at a strip club earlier this month, according to a new report.
The Fayette Advocate, a local news site, obtained Columbus Police Department emails from a whistleblower that show it pre-planned the arrest before Daniels arrived at a strip club.
Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with now-President Donald Trump in 2006, was arrested in early July for allegedly touching a patron while operating in a “sexually oriented business,” which is against Ohio law.
Following the arrest, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti said the arrest was “set up and politically motivated.”
The charges were dropped against Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the following day.
Emails obtained by the Fayette Advocate show that a Columbus detective, Shana Keckley, emailed herself a video of Daniels two days before her scheduled appearance in Columbus, and sent several other emails, including a picture of the adult film star with Trump and a map to the strip club.
After the arrest, Keckley bragged about it, writing “You’re welcome!!!!!….Thank me in person later.” In the same email, sent at 3:50am on July 12, Keckley asks an officer “please please don’t post my name on Face Book!”
The whistleblower told the news outlet the emails show it was “clear that Keckley and her fellow officers were there because of Stormy and only because of Stormy.”
On Wednesday, Avenatti called the emails “extremely disturbing.”
This is extremely disturbing. I intend on getting to truth and the bottom of who ordered @StormyDaniels arrested and why. It appears that I was correct when I stated it was politically motivated. #Basta https://t.co/Y95E5bxNG4— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 25, 2018
You can read all of the Fayette Advocate‘s report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).