Trump doorman 'unstable,' 'infamous for making up stories,' ex-wife says

Saul Bowman
April 13, 2018

AMI paid her $150,000 for her story about the alleged affair and then withheld it from publication, according to The New York Times. So far, various outlets have documented at least three separate instances in which people close to the president made a concentrated effort to scrub damaging stories and portray the then-candidate in a more positive light, ahead of pivotal moments along the campaign.

Sajudin, who was released from his agreement with AMI after the 2016 election, could now face a $1 million fine if he disclosed the rumor or terms of his deal with AMI.

Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who allegedly carried on an affair with Trump in 2006 around the same time as his alleged tryst with Stormy Daniels, was likewise paid $150,000 by A.M.I. for the rights to her story, which never ran, and she is now suing to break her silence. And similar to that tale, Sajudin's story involved a salacious scandal between Trump and another mistress.

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. "Unfortunately. Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away", Howard told RadarOnline. Since then, curiosity about that deal has spawned intense media coverage and, this week, helped prompt the Federal Bureau of Investigation to raid the hotel room and offices of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

And Radar's story is definitely more favorable to the Enquirer, both dismissing Sajudin's account as false and suggesting that serious resources - four weeks worth of reporting - had been devoted to it.

It marks the second time the company bought and held onto a salacious story about Trump's sex life.

"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.

Dylan Howard, chief content officer of AMI, said in the statement: "Paying for information has always been a practice of the National Enquirer, and to suggest that it has only paid for, and not run, stories about any particular person is absurd". George said that Pecker protected Trump. Daniels had signed a non-disclosure agreement but has since sued to claim the agreement was void because Trump had not signed it. This is President of the United States Donald Trump.

The Enquirer staffers, all with years of experience negotiating source contracts, said the abrupt end to reporting combined with a binding, seven-figure penalty to stop the tipster from talking to anyone led them to conclude that this was a so-called "catch and kill.".

The company has said it paid McDougal, the former Playboy Playmate, to be a columnist for an AMI-published fitness magazine, not to stay silent. The deal also reportedly included a deal to publish regular columns by McDougal on aging and fitness.

"He's infamous for making up stories", Nikki Benfatto said of Mr. Sajudin.

You can read the New Yorker story here.

Both the Associated Press and President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, knew that the National Enquirer was in possession of Sajudin's story.

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