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

Nick Sanchez
April 13, 2018

(AMI) gave Dino Sajudin $30,000 to gain rights "in perpetuity" regarding a rumor the ex-doorman had heard.

The National Enquirer's parent company paid out $30,000 to a former doorman at one of President's Trump's NY properties at the height of the Republican presidential primary campaign, in order to prevent him from speaking out about a rumor he'd heard regarding Trump's sex life, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, told the AP that he spoke with the Enquirer about the rumor as a spokesman for Trump while the magazine was researching the story but denied having any knowledge about payments to Sajudin.

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

"When we realized we would be unable to publish ... we released Sajudin from the exclusivity clause that had accompanies his $30,000 payment", he added. The efforts to cover them up, most prominently through Cohen's payment to adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, speak to how Trumpworld functioned, and whether Trump associates may have violated the law in an effort to get him elected.

Sajudin was stationed at Trump World Tower, located near the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

It turns out that President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen wasn't the only person apparently doling out hush money to keep embarrassing stories about his client out of the press.

"Unfortunately ... Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away", he told sister publication RadarOnline, which wrote Wednesday about a "disaffected former Trump staffer who is peddling" the allegation to other media outlets.

In a statement last summer, the top editor Howard said the company doesn't take editorial direction "from anyone outside AMI", and said Trump has never been an Enquirer source.

Sajudin, who claims he was paid to keep quiet about an alleged extramarital affair President Donald Trump had that produced a child out of wedlock, was called "a pathological liar" by his ex-wife on Thursday. McDougal has since said that she regrets signing the non-disclosure agreement and is now suing to get out of it. The media company later said it paid McDougal for a series of "fitness columns and magazine covers".

In the tabloid world purchasing information is not uncommon.

Enquirer Editor-In-Chief Dylan Howard is quoted saying that Sajudin was then released from the deal.

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.

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.

Still, A.M.I. paid Sajudin tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for silence, in a manner that mirrors McDougal's experience. The tabloid also sent a polygraph expert to administer a lie detection test to Sajudin in a hotel near his Pennsylvania home.

The Radar Online article did not refer to the $1 million penalty that was reportedly in the contract. However, Sajudin refused to unless he received an advance payment.

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