Not to mention that the National Enquirer paid another Trump mistress, Playboy model Karen McDougal, $150,000 for her story only to bury it and keep her from telling it to anyone else (she's now fighting them for her rights back).
The National Enquirer paid $30,000 for the story of a doorman who worked at the UN-adjacent Trump World Tower about an illegitimate child Trump was rumored to have fathered, and then killed the story, threatening the doorman with a $1 million penalty if he spoke about it.
A bombshell new investigative report indicates that the National Enquirer's parent company made secret payments in order to squash a second story that could've hurt President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
News reports have not been able to confirm Sajudin's story and The Enquirer could not prove the story to be true and opted not to publish it.
The Associated Press has been working on the story about Sajudin's rumor for a while. "I think the public should know that".
In a statement of his own, Howard said it is "a disconcerting view of the level of hysteria and partisanship in American politics that not reporting a story that multiple media outlets have now also confirmed to be untrue has become headline news".
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.
"This is about the most powerful people in the country having the ability to silence and change the news narrative at will", Farrow said in the interview.
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 Trump Organization has gotten some support for its claim that former Trump Tower doorman Dino Sajudin has a history of fabricating the truth.
The New Yorker was unable to verify that Sajudin's story was accurate, and National Enquirer reporters who spoke to the New Yorker had doubts that the rumor was true. Aside from his part in the Sajudin account, Cohen was also indirectly linked to AMI's payment to McDougal in 2016. As a result, the AP did not name her in the story Thursday about the payment.
The Enquirer's Howard said the magazine released Sajudin from his exclusivity clause when he was approached by the other outlets.
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.
The report also added the Enquirer spent four weeks investigating the authenticity of the story, before determining the tip did not lead anywhere and ultimately buried it.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.