Whistleblower provides emails that show Stormy Daniels’ arrest was pre-planned

In an exclusive investigation, the Advocate has obtained emails from a whistleblower from inside the Columbus Police Department that outline the arrest of Stormy Daniels earlier this month may have been pre-planned days before she ever arrived in town.

Columbus Police arrested the adult entertainer — who claims to have had an affair with then-private citizen Donald Trump in 2006 — on July 12. Police said that Daniels violated an Ohio law by “touching” club-goers, who were actually undercover VICE officers. The charges were dismissed 12 hours later after Daniels hired Columbus defense attorney Chase Mallory. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said the elements were not met in the charges and that is why the cases were tossed out. Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs apologized and called it a “mistake.”

Within hours of her arrest, Daniels’ personal attorney Michael Avenatti called it a political hit-job and vowed to investigate.

A whistleblower from the City of Columbus contacted the Advocate with numerous emails between several high-ranking Columbus police detectives and VICE officers.

Inside the emails are news clippings discussing Daniels’ planned appearance in Columbus, pictures of Daniels with President Donald Trump, videos of her dancing, and even a map to the club where she would be performing, all sent days before she would pull into town on her tour bus.

Columbus Vice Detective Shana Keckley

The bulk of the emails that the whistleblower provided are from the email account of Detective Shana Keckley. Keckley was one of the lead-arresting officers the night that the “sting” operation went down.

“It is clear that Keckley and her fellow officers were there because of Stormy and only because of Stormy,” the whistleblower told the Advocate in an interview.

Police said that Daniels was caught up in an investigation into human trafficking and prostitution the night she was arrested, but the emails released draw questions as to if Keckley and others targeted Daniels.

“The emails definitely show that the police lied about it being a prostitution and human trafficking mission,” the whistleblower said.

In an email dated Tuesday, July 10 — two days before Daniels arrived in Columbus — Keckley emails herself a video of Daniels in West Hollywood. Not long after, the VICE detective emails herself a link to an NBC 4 Columbus story promoting Daniels’ planned appearance.

And right after that, a bombshell.

Keckley sends a series of messages from her personal email account to her work account. Inside are pictures of Daniels with President Trump, pictures of Daniels in lingerie, and a map to the club where she would be performing.

After Daniels’ arrest that Wednesday night, the emails continue into the early morning hours of Thursday, but the contents are disturbing.

“I got the elements….we arrested Stormy this morning, she is in jail.” “Elements” are the burden police officers must meet in order to make an arrest.

In another email dated on July 12 at 3:50 a.m., Keckley writes to another police officer bragging about Daniel’s arrest — without mentioning her by name — saying, “You’re Welcome!!!!!….Thank me in person later.”

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Keckley went on to send additional emails, including one to Shane Keckley — purportedly her husband — writing, “It is all over CNN. I wanted you to know before everyone contacts you.”

Daniels’ personal attorney Michael Avenatti told the Advocate on Wednesday that these emails are not going away.

“These emails are very disturbing,” Avenatti said by phone while in Los Angeles. “We will get to the bottom of this one way or the other.”

The Advocate reached out to Columbus Police media liaison Denise Alex-Bouzounis inquiring about the emails, but calls were not returned. The CPD Twitter account sent a regurgitated statement from several weeks ago where the chief of police apologized for the arrest and said she would investigate its motivations.

The whistleblower says that Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther’s office has the emails in their possession and that Ginther’s team is “furious.”

“Mayor Ginther’s office is pissed that people are critical of the police over this.”

Ginther’s communications director Robin Davis said she was not aware of the emails, but would look into them and get back to the Advocate when she had more information.

City Attorney Klein’s office did not return calls to the Advocate, but issued a directive to Columbus Police to stop making arrests under the law used in Daniels’ cases. Klein told Avenatti that he would also investigate the motivations of the arrest, according to Avenatti.

Prior to working VICE and road patrol, Keckley was a “community liaison” officer with the department.


  1. Let’s be thankful to the whistleblower for their courage in exposing this corruption. Even if you think Daniel’s is disgusting you should be concerned about any law enforcement targeting any individual like this. It could be any one of us being arrested on some kind of trumped-up charges if this kind of stuff isn’t stopped.

  2. Oh gee, what a surprise: Trump supporters don’t believe in the rule of law, civil rights or living up to their oath of office in the performance of their professional duties.

      • Is that you Putin lover? Is that you traitor ? Oh, wait, you’re just a poor excuse of human-look-a-like trumpsterflake waste of oxygen… ok, now you can go back to the cave…. you’re welcome

      • Cops tend to be overwhelmingly Republican. So, you’re trying to tell the world that Republicans are liberal or something?
        This is a case of abuse of office, malicious prosecution, false arrest and false imprisonment under the color of law.

  3. […] In an exclusive story by interim editor-in-chief Derek Myers, The Advocate alleged that the emails the newspaper obtained showed Daniels’ arrest “may have been pre-planned days before she ever arrived in town.” The arrest of Stormy – the porn star who has accused President Donald Trump of having an affair with her and then trying to pay her hush money – made national headlines but crumbled immediately because prosecutors said it didn’t meet critical elements needed under the law. […]

  4. To the whistleblower – Many thanks for bringing this information to light. You set an excellent example of a person who believes in Country over Party.

    The the officer(s) – Thank you for keeping the folks in Columbus safe. Yet we all make mistakes. The respect goes to the people who admit them and accept the consequences.

    To the citizens of Columbus – Best wishes to you.

    • When did they admit them? The arresting officer never admitted anything. It was the city attorney who had the case tossed and the charges dropped and most likely only because Daniels had the means to afford proper representation and was so high profile. The Chief of Police is only apologizing now that the emails have come out. The cops who did this are scumbags and should be fired, lose their pension and brought up on charges. They violated her civil rights and their sworn duty as officers. They falsified evidence and conspired against a private citizen. It’s also called entrapment. Just goes to show that not only is Trump a scumbag but every single one of his supporters are too.

    • Mistake? No. These officers had a clear political agenda, and abused their authority. They must be terminated. This was pre-planned illegal activity, a conspiracy to violate her rights. The Chief has to get rid of them to mitigate the damages in the lawsuit that is surely coming. This kind of garbage occurred during the Civil Rights era; I hoped it was long dead.

  5. Keckley is an obvious idiot. WHY would she send herself emails KNOWING that arresting Stormy FREAKING Daniels would be a big deal & likely be investigated to make sure everything was in the up?!?!? I guess she wanted to make a name for herself. Well, mission accomplished. I just don’t think “dumb@ss” was the name she was going for! !!!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 I love it & good for SD!!!

  6. Nice piece of investigative reporting – kudos to the Fayette Advocate & Derek Myers! Watch your back, the crooked cops will be gunning for you now.

  7. How perfect is it that the vice detective’s last name is KECKley (though the people I’m referencing usually spell it ‘kek’)?

  8. An arrest planned in advance, especially with as much detail as this one, is a false arrest, and the perps need to be furloughed, and, if the charges prove true, fired, prosecuted and jailed. Cops and other LE are having a bad enough time in the headlines without some Trumpanzee crusaders deciding to illegally harass someone causing headlines that make Trump look bad. If that is sufficient grounds for an illegal arrest, what will they do next, try to arrest Vladimir Putin? Clean cops don’t need this kind of trash in their ranks to spoil their rep. They have enough of an uphill battle already without this kind of “help.”

  9. There have been long standing investigations into human trafficking & drugs going on. Why don’t Fayetteadvocate & others look into the criminal & international connection (ie foreign interference in elections) of Avenatti. Avenatti tied to fraud/corruption & shady businesses & owes States & IRS $MILLIONS in taxes. He is partners & has backing of corruption suspects such as US & international Mafia, & Human Rights violators in UAE/Dubai & Saudi Arabia including Prince Alwaleed (who was arrested & held for corruption). ALL of those ties have massive connections to Global Human Trafficking! How about also looking into Shady USA money/support ties to Avenatti part of Plan B “Bimbo Eruptions” by people in pool for 2020 elections & behind the pre planned Emoluments lawsuit against Trump BEFORE he ever won election. There is much more to this & people are falsely placing “feelings” & sympathies for a Pornstar/prostitute whore. Read statements from her husband/divorce & about Stormy corrupting their young daughter w/ porn & strip-clubs, & continued infidelity. Stormy is NOT paying Avenatti but is being used as a vulgar prop for dirty things going on in an international stage that do involve harm to USA, election meddling from foreign interests

    • #Whatabout Hillary?
      #Whatabout Planned Parenthood?
      #Whatabout George Soros?
      #Whatabout the lizard people?
      #Whatabout Mi-13?
      #Whatabout Pizzagate?
      #Whatabout Alex Jones’ half-man, half-bear, half-pig that the governernment created?

      WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!!

  10. Everyone posting here is assuming that the arrest was staged on behalf of Trump. The story provides no such evidence. Personally I believe its a safer bet to assume it was staged on behalf Leftists to get Stormy back in front of the cameras, probably with her and her lawyer’s full knowledge and cooperation.

  11. […] Whistleblower emails released Tuesday by the Fayette Advocate indicate police may have had a premeditated plan to arrest the porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, during her appearance at the Sirens strip club the night of July 12. Columbus Police Department officers arrested Daniels for allegedly touching a patron’s breast and hitting others in the face with her own breasts, according to court records obtained by the Cleveland-based Fox affiliate WJW-TV. That’s a violation of Ohio law, which forbids people who are not family members from touching a “regularly” nude or semi-nude dancer. […]

  12. The quote about Ginther seems out of place. How would the whistle blower know what the “Ginther Team” thinks? If it is from the whistle blower, I suspect that they hate trump and they hate Ginther.

  13. […] A whistleblower inside the Columbus police department has released emails from the department showing thatStormy Daniels’s recent arrest in D.C. was carefully preplanned days in advance. […]


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