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National Enquirer Reportedly Paid Off Former Trump Employee to Kill Story About Secret Child

A bombshell new investigative report indicates that the National Enquirer‘s parent company made secret payments in order to squash a second story that could’ve hurt President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Multiple sources tied to American Media, Inc. (AMI) told The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow that the company paid $30,000 to Dino Sajudin, a former doorman at Trump Tower. The 2015 payment was reportedly made in order to buy exclusive rights to Sajudin as a news source, primarily over a rumor that Trump had a child with a former employee in the 1980s.

From the report:

Six current and former A.M.I. employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared legal retaliation by the company, said that Sajudin had told A.M.I. the names of the alleged mistress and child. Reporters at A.M.I. had spent weeks investigating the allegations, and Sajudin had passed a lie-detector test, during which he testified that high-level Trump employees, including Trump’s head of security, Matthew Calamari, had told him the story.

The New Yorker couldn’t find evidence to prove the rumor about Trump’s secret child was true, though they did obtain portions of the contract Sajudin signed when he entered into his agreement with AMI. After transaction was finalized, David Pecker, the organization’s CEO and known Trump friend, ordered his reporters to stop investigating the rumor.

“There’s no question it was done as a favor to continue to protect Trump from these potential secrets,” a source told Farrow. “That’s black-and-white.”

The story about the Sajudin deal draws parallels with previous reports saying the Enquirer tried to “catch and kill” the story about Trump’s alleged liaison with Playboy model Karen McDougal. McDougal’s story has generated significant public interest due its connections with the Stormy Daniels saga, which recently culminated in the FBI’s raid on the offices of Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer.

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