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

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The National Enquirer made a habit of paying for juicy Donald Trump stories just so it could shut those stories down and protect his campaign, according to a new report by Ronan Farrow.

The contract subjected Mr Sajudin to a $1 million penalty if he disclosed either the rumor or the terms of the deal to anyone, according to United States media.

As we reported, the former Playboy model says the Enquirer paid her $150,000 for the exclusive rights to her story about the alleged affair.

He said he was acting as a Trump spokesman when he did so and denied knowing anything beforehand about the Enquirer payment to the ex-doorman. And similar to that tale, Sajudin's story involved a salacious scandal between Trump and another mistress.

Meanwhile, the unnamed woman, who is said to have had a child with Trump, also denied the rumors and said that she has never had an affair with Trump.

On Wednesday, an Enquirer sister publication, RadarOnline, published details of the payment and the rumour that Sajudin was peddling.

On April 9, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized documents from Cohen's home, office and hotel room.

The publisher of the National Enquirer is pushing back hard after two different reports indicated that the tabloid paid a doorman to keep him quiet about a rumor regarding Donald Trump's sex life. George said that Pecker protected Trump. The company only released Sajudin from his contract after the 2016 election amid inquiries from the Journal about the payment. The Enquirer never ran that story - a move known as "catch and kill" in the media industry.

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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". Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006, was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring her from speaking out about the alleged affair, although she and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, have since claimed the NDA is moot because Trump himself did not sign the document.

Trump's personal attorney, Cohen, has separately said he paid $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, a porn actress who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, to remain silent about her alleged affair with Trump.

The tabloid made its first-ever endorsement by officially backing Trump for president.

Its editor Dylan Howard said: 'Unfortunately... The media company later said it paid McDougal for a series of "fitness columns and magazine covers".

Although Sajudin's $30,000 pales in comparison to McDougal's, the kicker is a clause that subjects him to a $1 million penalty should he break his contract with A.M.I., which later claimed that his story was bogus.

The methods AMI uses to hide headline-worthy stories should cause anyone thinking about reading their publications to reconsider their go-to choices to get real news.

Whether or not Sajudin's account is true, the revelation that AMI effectively paid the ex-doorman what amounted to "hush-money" is the latest in an emerging pattern of schemes to "catch-and-kill" negative stories about the president, which may have hurt his chances at the presidency.

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