Former doorman was paid $30K to keep quiet over Trump rumor
Former doorman was paid $30K to keep quiet over Trump rumor
President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen said he was aware of the story but denied knowledge of the tipster's $30,000 payday
13 April, 2018, 01:28
Sajudin claimed that he heard rumors that the former star of The Celebrity Apprentice fathered a child out of wedlock with one of his employees who worked at the Trump World Tower.
The Associated Press reports that the Enquirer, the nation's largest tabloid, paid $30,000 to ex-doorman Dino Sajudin for exclusive rights to the rumor about Trump fathering a child with an employee at Trump World Tower, a skyscraper the president owns near the United Nations. Sajudin signed a contract with AMI that subjected him to a $1 million penalty if he disclosed the payment or terms of the deal to anyone, according to the AP.
Six current and former A.M.I. employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared legal retaliation by the company, said that Sajudin had told A.M.I. the names of the alleged mistress and child. The company says the payment, now under investigation by prosecutors, was for a fitness column that McDougal never wrote.
The Enquirer maintains it didn't report the doorman's story because it "lacked any credibility".
Common Cause, a government watchdog, said it filed complaints Thursday with the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission claiming that Trump and American Media violated campaign contribution rules in the $30,000 payment to Sajudin. 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.
Both the Associated Press and President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, knew that the National Enquirer was in possession of Sajudin's story. According to the outlet, longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen also knew about the matter and spoke with the tabloid before it ultimately chose to quash the story. "Unfortunately. Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away", Howard told RadarOnline. He has said nothing - at least as far as I can find - about the payment to McDougal and the alleged payment to the doorman.
Stormy Daniels, left, and Karen McDougal, right, two adult entertainers with known ties to Donald Trump, centre, received payments and signed non-disclosure agreements regarding the nature of their relationships with the US president.
The tabloid made its first-ever endorsement by officially backing Trump for president. McDougal has since said that she regrets signing the non-disclosure agreement and is now suing to get out of it.
AMI said in its statement that it "categorically denies that Donald Trump or Michael Cohen had anything to do with its decision not to pursue a story about a "love child" that it determined was not credible". As a general practice, however, sources agree to be paid for their tips only upon publication. The deal also reportedly included a deal to publish regular columns by McDougal on aging and fitness.
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 New Yorker and the AP said they were not able to confirm the facts behind the rumor, and that members of the family involved in the story denied it to the two outlets. After a promise of $500, Sajudin took the polygraph test, and the administrator revealed that all his responses were truthful.
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