14 April, 2018
In February, The New Yorker published a story on an alleged relationship between Trump and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she received US$150,000 from the Enquirer in August 2016 in return for her story, which also went unpublished.
The parallel between the ex-Playmate's and the ex-doorman's dealings with the Enquirer raises new questions about the roles that the Enquirer and Cohen may have played in protecting Trump's image during a hard-fought presidential election.
In a statement, the former doorman, Dino Sajudin, said: "Today I awoke to learn that a confidential agreement I had with AMI (The National Enquirer) with regard to a story about President Trump was leaked to the press". Another facet of the deal has drawn attention: Sajudin's contract with the National Enquirer also included a clause subjecting him to a seven-figure fine for taking the allegation to a competing outlet.
Maybe. But maybe there was another obvious reason they didn't publish the story, one that could well have had a lot to do with Trump's election campaign.
The AP did not publish the story at that time. Sajudin declined to speak with either organisation, and both cited as their sources legal documents as well as multiple current and former A.M.I. employees.
Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen denied knowing anything about the payment and called the love child rumor "baseless".
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It was followed by a memorandum to impose $60 billion in extra tariffs on China over allegations of intellectual property theft. This could mostly fizzle out, as both the USA and Chinese tariffs are still only in the proposal stage.
"President Donald Trump fathered a secret love child with a Trump Organization employee - a gorgeous 29-year-old medical graduate who is now living in California!'" the RadarOnline article says.
Sajudin said he heard the tale from employees and residents of Trump World Tower and passed a polygraph test, RadarOnline reported. Why, then, would the firm take a separate action for the National Enquirer's parent company that, at least on first glance, seems similar?
The woman told AP she never had an affair with Trump.
Cohen, the longtime Trump lawyer, acknowledged to the AP that he had discussed Sajudin's story with the magazine when the tabloid was working on it.
I've written and spoken on CNN about the interesting and unexpected ways in which the Stormy Daniels story has intersected with the seemingly unrelated Russian Federation investigation - specifically by providing Robert Mueller and his team leverage to get Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney and "fixer", to provide information pertinent to their investigation.
Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is interested in looking into Cohen's apparent relationship with Pecker and what communication the two had during the campaign to prevent scandalous stories about Trump from reaching the masses. "Prosecutors are probing whether Cohen broke banking or campaign laws in connection with AMI's payment to McDougal and a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels that Cohen said he paid out of his own pocket".