A $30000 rumour? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip before election

Feds are trying to determine if the American Media Inc. helped Trump during the 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.

Radar Online - the National Enquirer's sister title - reported the payment Wednesday, and claimed the Enquirer spent four weeks pursuing the story before deciding that it was insufficiently credible to publish. The Associated Press reports that embattled Trump attorney Michael Cohen was involved in the deal with Sajudin.

As it did with the ex-Playmate, the Enquirer signed the ex-doorman to a contract that effectively prevented him from going public with a juicy tale that might hurt Trump's campaign for president.

Enquirer staffers, however, told The New Yorker and the Associated Press that reporters were pulled off the story, which claimed Trump had fathered a love-child nearly three decades ago.

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. He has said nothing - at least as far as I can find - about the payment to McDougal and the alleged payment to the doorman. She is now suing AMI to invalidate her contract, claiming that she was convinced to sign under false pretenses, and that Cohen and AMI worked secretly with Davidson as part of a "broad effort to silence and intimidate" her.

Sajudin is now suing his former employer after he claims a former co-worker routinely harassed him based on his perceived race, ethnicity and religion. According to a New York Times report on Tuesday, agents were specifically searching for information "related to the publisher of The National Enquirer's role in silencing one of the women".

Common Cause filed complaints Thursday with the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Election Commission against Trump, his presidential campaign and AMI, claiming the Sajudin payment was an improper contribution to Trump's presidential campaign.

The New Yorker has uncovered no evidence that Trump fathered the child.

"This establishes a pattern now", said Farrow.

"When we realized we would be unable to publish ... we released Sajudin from the exclusivity clause that had accompanies his $30,000 payment", he added.

Asked about the payment last summer, Dylan Howard, the Enquirer's top editor and an AMI executive, said he made the payment to secure the former Trump doorman's exclusive co-operation because the tip, if true, would have sold "hundreds of thousands" of magazines. It said it then released Sajudin from the terms of the contract that stopped him from talking with other media outlets.

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. Employees of AMI told the New Yorker they were told to stop investigating after the deal was made.

The father of the family told the New Yorker the claim was "completely false and ridiculous". "I think they lost their money", she said.

She has not returned Inside Edition's calls for comment.

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