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Feds Investigating National Enquirer's $30000 Payment over Trump Love-Child Rumor

13 April 2018

In a statement, Sajudin told the world what he'd told the reporter for American Media: "I can confirm that while working at Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump's former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump which produced a child".

The two outlets reported that AMI paid $30,000 in late 2015 to Dino Sajudin, a former doorman at a Trump building, to prevent him from publicizing a rumor that Donald Trump fathered a child out of wedlock. The Enquirer never ran that story - a move known as "catch and kill" in the media industry.

This is not to say that there isn't legitimate reporting to be done on this story.

"But after four weeks of investigation, and dozens of phone calls, the tabloid - famed for proving John Edwards had fathered a "love child" - concluded the story was NOT true".

Now, get this ... he claims, "On one occasion immediately after the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Sciricco told Mr. Sajudin 'I hope Trump gets rid of you all'".

Common Cause filed complaints Thursday with the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Election Commission against Trump, his presidential campaign and AMI, claiming the Sajudin payment was an improper contribution to Trump's presidential campaign.

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The Radar story also quoted Enquirer editor and AMI executive Dylan Howard, who, according to Farrow, met with journalists and an attorney from the Associated Press last summer as the AP was investigating the matter.

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

"I don't understand what they had to pay this guy for", he said.

U.S. president Donald Trump has courted controversies and has nearly become synonymous with the word, thanks to his alleged association with pornstar Stormy Daniels and several women accusing him of sexual assault. Dino's contract with the company reportedly included a million-dollar penalty if he came forward with any information about Trump without permission from AMI.

"AMI doesn't go around cutting checks for $30,000 and then not using the information", Jerry George, a reporter and senior editor with AMI until 2013, told AP.

The same company that paid a former Playboy Playmate $150,000 to keep quiet about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump also paid a former doorman $30,000 to hide a rumor about Trump.

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It's important to note that no evidence has been uncovered to back up allegations of a Trump love child, and the story was denied by the Trump organization.

Her mom lives in a modest neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. When reached by The Associated Press, she said, "This is all fake".

Paying for a catch-and-kill story is unto itself not a crime, however whether or not these payments were made with campaign funds may be the smoking gun. After a promise of $500, Sajudin took the polygraph test, and the administrator revealed that all his responses were truthful.

For his part, Sajudin confirmed he'd been paid to be the tabloid's anonymous source but insisted he would sue the Enquirer if his name appeared in print.

Sajudin, in a brief interview with The News outside his home in the Poconos, said he was struggling to deal with the sudden attention.

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Feds Investigating National Enquirer's $30000 Payment over Trump Love-Child Rumor