June 22, 2018

'National Enquirer' paid US$30000 for story on alleged Trump love child

14 April 2018, 01:46 | Sheila Mcguire

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The AP reported that the publisher paid a former Trump doorman, Dino Sajudin, $30,000 for the rights "in perpetuity" for the unverified rumor about Trump's alleged affair and child with a housekeeper at one of his buildings. The deal included a $1 million penalty should Sajudin tell his story to anyone else without A.M.I. permission.

Farrow's sources all say they're skeptical about the love child claims, but all said they are sure that AMI purposely shut down the story.

The New Yorker said it had found no evidence to back up the claim by doorman Dino Sajudin that Trump fathered the child, a girl, who would today be aged 29. "That's the bombshell claim of a disaffected former Trump staffer who is peddling the allegation to various media outlets, including The National Enquirer, a sister publication of". He told the Associated Press investigations were dropped after they established Sajudin's story was not credible, calling the doorman "one fish that swam away". What could be illegal is if the catch-and-kill practice was an illicit effort to help the Trump presidential campaign, which was formally launched on June 16, 2015.

In February, The New Yorker published a story on an alleged relationship between Trump and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she received US$150,000 from the Enquirer in August 2016 in return for her story, which also went unpublished.

However, the company decided not to run the story after determining it wasn't true.

The Trump Organization has called the doorman's claims "completely false", claiming he's had a history of telling fake rumors.

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

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told AP that he discussed Sajudin's story with the magazine when the tabloid was working on it.

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. Prosecutors are probing whether Cohen broke banking or campaign laws in connection with AMI's payment to McDougal and a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels that Cohen said he paid out of his own pocket.

"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. "What's your offer??" After being told that The New Yorker does not pay sources, Sajudin declined further requests for an interview.

The Associated Press said it confirmed the payment to the doorman by reviewing a confidential contract and through interviews with dozens of current and former employees of the Enquirer and American Media.

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