Radar Online, a sister publication of the National Enquirer, reported that the magazine had paidDino Sajudin, who worked at one of Mr Trump's NY buildings, for the story but did not publish anything.
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. Trump has said he knew nothing of the payment. "I think they lost their money", she said. The Enquirer never ran that story - a move known as "catch and kill" in the media industry.
Federal investigators are now probing the tabloid's activities during the election, to learn whether the tabloid was actually acting as an arm of the Trump campaign, according to a Wednesday report by the New York Times.
The woman at the centre of the rumour about Trump denied emphatically to the AP last August that she'd ever had an affair with Trump. Ronan's sources say Dino provided the names of the alleged mistress and child to the Enquirer, and was then allegedly paid $30,000 so the mag could have exclusive rights to the information (i.e. Dino could not go public with them anywhere else). If prosecutors determine that the paper was indeed operating on behalf of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, or Trump's current 2020 campaign, both the Enquirer and the campaign could be on the hook for serious violations of election finance laws.
AMI said its publisher, David Pecker, an unabashed Trump supporter, had not co-ordinated its coverage with Trump associates or taken direction from Trump.
Ms. Benfatto, who was married to Mr. Sajudin for 14 years but told the Daily News she hadn't spoke to him since he threatened her in 2014, said he was constantly name-dropping and gossiping to her, but never mentioned a Trump love child.
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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".
Stories attacking Trump rivals or promoting Trump's campaign often bypassed the paper's normal fact-checking process, according to two people familiar with campaign-era copy.
"The behavior is so extreme and so freaky", she said.
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. The Associated Press reports that embattled Trump attorney Michael Cohen was involved in the deal with Sajudin.
He read Trump's morning tweetstorm railing against the Mueller probe, then offered "some free legal advice: When you're under investigation for obstruction of justice, don't tweet, "No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back).' Fighting back is the 'obstruction" part".
Sajudin said he heard the tale from employees and residents of Trump World Tower and passed a polygraph test, RadarOnline reported.
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