Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

National Enquirer Parent Company Paid $30K for Trump Rumor, Withheld Story

National Enquirer Parent Company Paid $30K for Trump Rumor, Withheld Story

The 2015 payment was reportedly made in order to buy exclusive rights to Sajudin as a news source, primarily over a rumor that Trump had a child with a former employee in the 1980s.

The New Yorker-which recently dropped an exposé on how the National Enquirer and its parent company, American Media, Inc., paid to keep a woman from speaking about an affair with Trump-now reports that the media company paid a former Trump doorman to keep quiet about the president's sex life as well. The company only released Sajudin from his contract after the 2016 election amid inquiries from the Journal about the payment. Still, "unhinged Twitter rants are not how you respond to federal investigation, it's how you escalate a global military conflict", Colbert said, reading Trump's hot-and-cold tweets about lobbing missiles at Syria and Russian Federation. Neither AMI reporters nor the New Yorker were able to verify that Trump did indeed have a child through an extramarital relationship.

According to reports, federal investigators searched for communications between Cohen, AMI's chief executive, and top editors at the Enquirer during a raid on his office earlier this week.

It turns out that President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen wasn't the only person apparently doling out hush money to keep embarrassing stories about his client out of the press. Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away'. (A.M.I. claims that it freed Sajudin from a clause that would penalize him for taking the story to other outlets, as they claimed with McDougal, though she alleges the company still tried to prevent her from sharing the story.) As with so many things Trump, the content of the allegations isn't the center of the story. Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006, was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring her from speaking out about the alleged affair, although she and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, have since claimed the NDA is moot because Trump himself did not sign the document.

The alleged payoff to Sajudin happened eight months before American Media, which is headed by Trump supporter David Pecker, paid $150,000 in August 2016 to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate, who alleged she had an affair with Trump.

The National Enquirer has also denied that the Trump Organization had any role in its decision to squash the doorman's story, saying the story's lack of credibility led it to be shelved.

Trump's personal attorney, Cohen, has separately said he paid $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, a porn actress who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, to remain silent about her alleged affair with Trump. This is President of the United States Donald Trump.

In the tabloid world purchasing information is not uncommon.

Paying for a catch-and-kill story is unto itself not a crime, however whether or not these payments were made with campaign funds may be the smoking gun.

The father of the family told the New Yorker the claim was "completely false and ridiculous". The tabloid also sent a polygraph expert to administer a lie detection test to Sajudin in a hotel near his Pennsylvania home. Pressed for more details about his tip and experience with the paper, Sajudin said he would talk only in exchange for payment.

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