NEW YORK (AP) — Court records released Thursday show Donald Trump was aware of efforts to keep a porn star and a Playboy centerfold silent in the days leading up to the 2016 election.
But despite Trump’s knowledge of those efforts— and the involvement of several others in his orbit — federal prosecutors in New York decided not to file any additional charges in their investigation of the illegal hush money payments made to silence both women who say they had sex with Trump before he was president, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The people briefed on the decision weren’t authorized to speak about it publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Thursday’s release of documents came after U.S. District Judge William Pauley granted a request by several media organizations, including The Associated Press, that the search warrant be made public due to the high public interest in the case. Pauley referred to the contents of the warrant Wednesday as “a matter of national importance.”