How an ex-madam, a political trickster and a toddler got tangled up in the Russia investigation

On Friday, Davis, who has worked as a Web designer and travel scheduler for Stone, became the latest associate of the political operative to appear before the grand jury convened by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

.. At least half a dozen of Stone’s associates have been subpoenaed or been contacted by the special counsel’s office. Investigators have been looking into Stone’s communication with the Twitter persona Guccifer 2.0

.. Late last month, Stone, 65, posted a photo of Davis, 41, and her son on his Instagram account, writing: “Why do FBI agents dispatched by Robert Mueller keep asking a number of my current and former associates if I am this baby’s father? What does this have to do with Russian Collusion and the 2016 election.”

.. Davis, a poised and articulate speaker who has touted her business acumen, had a compelling backstory, one with natural appeal to Stone, a bon vivant with a long-established reputation for taking delight in all things salacious who sometimes quips that he is “tri-sexual. I’ve tried everything.”

.. In her late teens, she says, she was already working in the finance industry, eventually becoming a vice president at an East Coast hedge fund in her early 20s. She noticed how highflying finance types celebrated by hiring prostitutes. Sensing a business opportunity, she opened a high-end prostitution service in New York.

.. At its height, she says, she had a roster of 10,000 clients willing to pay more than $1,000 an hour for sex or companionship. She managed the business but didn’t have sex with clients herself, she says. Her staff called her “Mama Fabulous.” She also developed her own websites — a skill that would come in handy years later when she met Stone.

.. Davis has claimed repeatedly that Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor, was one of her frequent clients, using the code name “James” while he was serving as the state’s attorney general.

.. Davis was arrested and sent to Rikers in 2008, the same year that Spitzer, who was never charged with a crime, resigned as governor after the New York Times reported that he’d patronized the Emperors Club VIP, another high-priced prostitution service.

.. Stone, who’d helped her through months of her pregnancy, had a suggestion for the infant’s name: “Roger.”

“Roger kind of felt like he deserved it,” Davis says with a chuckle. “I said, ‘Absolutely not!’ ”

Instead, Stone and his wife, Nydia, became the child’s godparents.

.. Stone’s quarters are equipped with broadcasting equipment for his regular appearances on Infowars, the controversial, conspiracy-oriented website run by Alex Jones. As the Mueller probe has progressed, the apartment — much like Stone’s home and office in Florida — has become a command center in his campaign to discredit the investigation.

Mueller Brings Heightened Scrutiny to Roger Stone, Longtime Trump Adviser

Among developments, ‘Manhattan Madam’ Kristin Davis testifies before grand jury hearing evidence in the Russia election-interference probe

On Thursday, Mr. Mueller subpoenaed the man Mr. Stone claims was his back channel to WikiLeaks throughout the campaign—New York comedian and radio personality Randy Credico. The subpoena was confirmed by Mr. Credico’s attorney, Martin Stolar.
Separately, self-described “Manhattan Madam” Kristin Davis, who has close ties with Mr. Stone, testified Friday before the grand jury hearing
.. The Wall Street Journal has reviewed emails showing Mr. Stone told Mr. Credico in September to “please ask Assange” for information that would be damaging to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Credico has denied being a conduit between WikiLeaks and Mr. Stone. He says he didn’t have a relationship with Mr. Assange until the WikiLeaks founder agreed to do his radio program on Aug. 25, weeks after Mr. Stone claimed to be in touch with him.Mr. Stone has said WikiLeaks never gave him any information and that he never had special access to the website’s material.

Mr. Stone said Friday that while Mr. Credico told him in the summer of 2016 that WikiLeaks planned to release “substantial information on Hillary Clinton” that October, Mr. Credico didn’t tell him “what the source, content or scope of the WikiLeaks disclosures would be.”

.. Mr. Credico told the Journal on Thursday he was a “nervous wreck,” but he indicated that he plans to appear before the grand jury.

.. an aide to Mr. Stone, Andrew Miller, was held in contempt of court for refusing to testify before the grand jury. A judge had rejected Mr. Miller’s argument that Mr. Mueller’s appointment was unconstitutional and ordered him to answer questions. His lawyer, Paul Kamenar, said he asked to be held in contempt to appeal the judge’s ruling.