Notary involved in Cohen's Stormy Daniels deal suspended: report
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The Texas notary involved in officiating a nondisclosure agreement between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels has been suspended.

Notary Erica Jackson was suspended Thursday, following an investigation that found Jackson failed to properly witness and document Daniels's signature on the agreement with Cohen, which came days before the 2016 election, The Dallas Morning News reported.


According to the paper, Jackson's failure to properly notarize the document has no bearing on its legality. The outlet also noted that Jackson committed similar errors on other unrelated documents.

Jackson's attorney told Dallas Morning News that Jackson had done her duty to verify Daniels's identity — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — and had reached an agreement for a suspension with the secretary of state's office to avoid the "whole circus'' involving Trump.

Trump initially denied having knowledge of Cohen's $130,000 nondisclosure payment made as part of his agreement with Daniels. Trump, however, later indicated that Cohen had been reimbursed, though he said he only found out the reason for repayment at a later date.

Cohen, in August, pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations. He pleaded guilty to one count of making an excessive campaign contribution, which came the same date that he finalized a payment to Daniels as part of their nondisclosure agreement.

Cohen implicated Trump in his court testimony by saying he made the payment at the behest of “a candidate for federal office,” though he did not specifically name the president.