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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


The judge overseeing the Stormy Daniels civil lawsuit issued a stay in the case Friday, saying that the recent federal investigation into President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen is likely to lead to an indictment.

“This is no simple criminal investigation,” according to the federal Judge James Otero. “[It] is an investigation into the personal attorney of a sitting President regarding documents that might be subject to the attorney-client privilege. Whether or not an indictment is forthcoming, and the Court thinks it likely based on these facts alone, these unique circumstances counsel in favor of stay.”

Stephanie Clifford — who goes by the name Stormy Daniels for her work in the adult film industry — has filed a case against Trump and Cohen to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed forcing her to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with the president. Meanwhile, investigators recently raided Cohen’s home and office, reportedly seizing materials related to Clifford’s hush money as well as other documents.

“While the exact scope and breadth of the criminal investigation remains unclear, both the government and Mr. Cohen have indicated that the subject matter of the criminal investigation and the documents seized, in some part reference the $130,000 payment made to Ms. Clifford,” the judge writes.

“While we certainly respect Judge Otero’s 90 day stay order based on Mr. Cohen’s pleading of the 5th, we do not agree with it,” Clifford’s lawyer Michael Avenatti said in a tweet. “We will likely be filing an immediate appeal to the Ninth Circuit early next week. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

On Wednesday, Cohen invoked the Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination to avoid testifying in the lawsuit.

The stay in the case will last 90 days.

You can read the full document issuing the stay here.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.