National Enquirer paid doorman with gossip on Trump $30000 to keep quiet

  • National Enquirer paid doorman with gossip on Trump $30000 to keep quiet

National Enquirer paid doorman with gossip on Trump $30000 to keep quiet

The ex-doorman of one of President Donald Trump's many New York City properties was paid a considerable sum of money not to disclose that the POTUS might have fathered a love child with a former employee.

Ronan Farrow, the author of the New Yorker story, told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday that the order to stop the reporting came from David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer and Trump's friend.

Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal has also claimed she had an nearly year-long affair with Trump between 2006 and 2007.

Dino Sajudin, who worked as a doorman at one of the President's NY buildings heard the story about the now-president and a woman working at Trump World Tower, near the United Nations building in Manhattan.

Though the doorman Sajudin was bought and paid for his silence, the Enquirer spent weeks on the story before deciding there wasn't anything to prove its authenticity and let Sajudin out of his contract after the 2016 election.

Sajudin's allegation and the story of his payment have created another rash of headlines about the president's alleged sexual encounters.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told AP that he discussed Sajudin's story with the magazine when the tabloid was working on it. "I don't understand what they had to pay this guy for", he said.

The Enquirer reportedly decided the rumor wasn't true and released the ex-doorman from the contract after the 2016 election after inquiries were made about the payment, according to the AP. Regardless of the veracity of Sajudin's claims, legal experts said that A.M.I.'s payment to Sajudin is significant because it establishes the company's pattern of buying and burying stories that could be damaging to Trump during the Presidential campaign.

Two of the former A.M.I. employees said they believed that Cohen was in close contact with A.M.I. executives while the company's reporters were looking into Sajudin's story, as Cohen had been during other investigations related to Trump.

Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney and fixer, acknowledged to the AP that he was in contact with AMI while they were talking to Sajudin about the rumor.

The woman at the center of the story "emphatically" denied to the wire service that she had an affair with Trump.

"You know I took a polygraph test", he told the Washington Post, claiming the story was killed because American Media has a history of protecting Trump from negative stories.

Sources told ABC News that, according to the warrant, which mentioned Trump by name, investigators also sought records related to an AMI payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed she had a 10-month affair with Trump from 2006 to 2007, as well as details about Cohen's interactions with adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006.

In a statement on Thursday, AMI said it had determined that the rumor wasn't true, which is why it didn't run a story.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.