Former doorman was paid $30K to keep quiet over Trump rumor

President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen said he was aware of the story but denied knowledge of the tipster's $30,000 payday

Dino Sajudin made the unverified claim in a statement after The Associated Press reported that the parent company of the National Enquirer had paid him for a rumor about Trump having an affair with the employee, but had spiked the story.

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.

After the Trump Organization called Sajudin's claims "completely false", he denied making up the allegations.

The rumor? That Trump fathered a love child with a colleague in the 80s.

A spokesperson from the Trump Organizaion has denied the story outright.

The FBI on Monday, acting on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, raided Cohen's hotel room, office, and NY residence in search of documents related to both Daniels' and McDougal's payments. However, Sajudin refused to unless he received an advance payment.

But the online magazine said a four-week investigation by Enquirer reporters failed to find proof the story was true. The company only released Sajudin from his contract after the 2016 election amid inquiries from the Journal about the payment.

Federal investigators have sought communications between Cohen, American Media's chief executive and the Enquirer's top editor, the New York Times reported.

The statement also quoted Howard defending the decision to not publish a story. Both outlets acknowledged, however, that they were unable to prove the story. And we do know Stormy Daniels says that going bareback is Trump's M.O.

They said the publication didn't pursue standard Enquirer reporting practices, such as tabloid tactics created to prove paternity. The most salacious detail he knew: That the president fathered a love child with a California woman in the 1980s.

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"This is all fake", she said.

Though sometimes dismissed by mainstream publications, the Enquirer's history of breaking legitimate scoops about politicians' personal lives is a point of pride in its newsroom. "Two days everything was normal".

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

AMI officials spoke similarly, Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard telling RadarOnline that the story "lacked any credibility" and was not run for that reason. The media company later said it paid McDougal for a series of "fitness columns and magazine covers". McDougal signed the contract the following day, according to a copy of the contract appended to her lawsuit.

According to New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow, in an interview with CNN on Thursday morning, the order to pay off the doorman about the Trump out-of-wedlock child rumor came straight from Pecker himself.

The former National Enquirer employees told the AP that the tabloid failed to pursue its standard reporting practices for proving paternity, such as exhaustive stakeouts.

Earlier Thursday, the publisher of the National Enquirer pushed back hard after two different reports indicated that the tabloid had paid Sajudin. It is a tactic known as "catch and kill".

Still, A.M.I. paid Sajudin tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for silence, in a manner that mirrors McDougal's experience.

The housekeeper and her child have not been named in news reports, and Sajudin's claim remain unverified. The tabloid also sent a polygraph expert to administer a lie detection test to Sajudin in a hotel near his Pennsylvania home.

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