The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Donald Trump might have fathered a child with a former employee and then paid to keep the sordid affair quiet.
AP has confirmed that the tabloid, The National Enquirer paid a former Trump Tower doorman, Dino Sajudin, – who knew of the alleged affair and love child — $30,000 for the perpetual rights for the story.
Sajudin alleges that Matthew Calamari, Trump’s head of security, as well as other high-level officials, told him the president had a child with a former unnamed employee who worked in the Trump World Tower.
The payment made to Sajudin by the Enquirer was in exchange for his silence and includes a penalty of $1 million dollars if the hush agreement is broken.
AMI is the parent company of the National Enquirer; and its publisher, David Pecker, is a public supporter of Trump and endorsed him in 2016.
Radar Online reported the National Enquirer spent four weeks investigating the rumor, but found no proof and decided it wasn’t true. However, a number of longtime AMI staffers told the New Yorker and the AP that they were ordered to abruptly stop pursuing the story – which they described as “promising.”
The story broke just after the FBI raid of the office and residences of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. The search included evidence of communications between Cohen and the National Enquirer’s top editor.
Sajudin’s payment came eight months after the tabloid paid $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal for her silence about an extra-marital affair with Trump. New questions have emerged about how Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the Enquirer worked together to keep these stories from becoming public right before the 2016 presidential election in order to protect then-candidate Trump from unflattering news of a pattern of payoffs.
The unnamed woman who worked for Trump says the story is “all fake,” and she claims she had no knowledge of any payment made to Sajudin by the tabloid.
Sajudin tells the AP he’ll tell his story but only in exchange for money.
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