Per The New Yorker, American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer and other tabloids, reportedly paid Dino Sajudin, a former doorman at Trump Tower, $30,000 around the start of Trump's presidential campaign.
The magazine's publisher, whose chief executive David Pecker is a friend of Mr Trump, has repeatedly been accused of buying rights to unfavourable stories about the USA president in order to bury them.
In 2015, Mr. Sajudin, a former Trump Tower doorman, approached the National Enquirer saying he had been told not to criticize a particular maid because of her illicit affair with Mr. Trump and the child that resulted. Not just that, Sajudin was also made to sign an agreement, which said that him talking about the rumor or his deal with Enquirer would attract a penalty of $1 million. Cohen told the AP that he didn't know about the payment to the ex-doorman at the time.
Radar Online claims that Sajudin passed a lie-detector test with the Enquirer, but that it dropped the story after it was unable to verify the claims. Ronan's sources say Dino provided the names of the alleged mistress and child to the Enquirer, and was then allegedly paid $30,000 so the mag could have exclusive rights to the information (i.e. Dino could not go public with them anywhere else).
AMI executive Dylan Howard, who now serves as the Enquirer's chief content officer, told reporters last summer that executives supposedly made the payment to Sajudin in order to secure the tip, which he said would have sold "hundreds of thousands" of magazines.
The housekeeper and her child have not been named in news reports, and Sajudin's claim remain unverified.
McDougal, who recently shared details of the alleged affair with CNN, later said she believed Davidson was more concerned about Cohen and Trump's interests than her own.
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AMI said its publisher, David Pecker, an unabashed Trump supporter, had not co-ordinated its coverage with Trump associates or taken direction from Trump.
The Enquirer staffers, like numerous dozens of other current and former AMI employees interviewed by the AP in the past year, spoke on condition of anonymity. "Two days everything was normal".
Its editor Dylan Howard said: 'Unfortunately...
"The behavior is so extreme and so freakish", she said. A spokesperson for the Trump Organization denied the allegations, including the assertion that Calamari told Sajudin the story.
Now. I'll leave it up to lawyers and campaign finance experts as to whether any agreements have not been fully met or whether any of these payoffs amount to an in-kind contribution to Trump's campaign. The Associated Press reports that embattled Trump attorney Michael Cohen was involved in the deal with Sajudin.
The father of the family told the New Yorker the claim was "completely false and ridiculous". Pressed for more details about his tip and experience with the paper, Sajudin said he would talk only in exchange for payment.