Should This Witness Be Addressed As "Madam" or "Ma'am"?
The investigation gets curiouser and curiouser. Or at least more libidinously interesting.
"A woman who once ran an upscale New York City escort service will appear on Friday before a federal grand jury that is hearing evidence in the wide-ranging inquiry into ties between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The woman, Kristin M. Davis, was interviewed last week by officials from the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is looking into the Trump campaign’s links to Russian operatives. While it remains unclear what interest Mr. Mueller and his prosecutors have in Ms. Davis, it is unusual for an interview to be followed so closely by the more formal step of a grand jury appearance, suggesting that investigators are eager to get her testimony on the record.
One possible line of inquiry is Ms. Davis’s longstanding connections to Roger J. Stone Jr., a veteran political consultant and Trump adviser who has himself become a central subject in the Russia probe. Mr. Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” whose career in politics reaches back to the Nixon administration, was in contact before the election with Guccifer 2.0, an online avatar that Mr. Mueller’s team has said Russian military intelligence officers controlled. Guccifer 2.0 was instrumental in helping WikiLeaks publish stolen emails and other campaign documents that proved damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and to the Democratic Party.
Known in New York tabloids as the “Manhattan Madam,” Ms. Davis is perhaps best remembered for having claimed in 2008 that she provided escorts to Eliot Spitzer, who resigned that same year as governor of New York after The New York Times reported that he had become ensnared by a federal investigation into a different prostitution ring. Mr. Spitzer has denied any ties to Ms. Davis, 43, who spent four months on Rikers Island for running her escort service.
Ms. Davis’s lawyer, Daniel Hochheiser, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Last week, Mr. Stone said in a statement that he is the godfather of Ms. Davis’s child and that he had been her “friend and associate” for many years. Ms. Davis hired Mr. Stone in 2010 as a political strategist when she launched her own campaign for governor of New York. She later did administrative work in Mr. Stone’s office."