As disgusting as the thought is, the adult film star and director Stormy Daniels said that Donald Trump did not wear a condom during their sexual encounter. What if she did not use birth control? The president might have dozens of little Trumpettes running around.
Michelle Goldberg pointed to Daniels’ hush agreement with Trump that referred to “alleged children” or “paternity information” in a New York Times op-ed:
‘Should Daniels prevail in court, we might learn interesting information about the president. Among other things, the NDA forbids her from discussing Trump’s “alleged children” or “paternity information.” But the scandal will lie less in the details of Trump’s degeneracy than in the steps he and his lawyers took to cover it up.’
Is that part of why the Southern New York attorney general sent the FBI into 45′s personal attorney’s (Michael Cohen), self-described “fixer’s” law office? A former Trump Tower doorman, Dino Sajudin, may have had some insight into the situation. He signed a contract with American Media, Inc. (AMI), which publishes The National Enquirer.
The New Yorker wrote that AMI gave him $30,000 for exclusive rights to his intriguing story:
‘Sajudin had signed a contract with A.M.I., agreeing to become a source and to accept thirty thousand dollars for exclusive rights to information he had been told: that Donald Trump, who had launched his Presidential campaign five months earlier, may have fathered a child with a former employee in the late nineteen-eighties.’
Sajudin said that he was told that Trump had “fathered a child with a former employee.” The New Yorker talked to six current and previous AMI employees:
‘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 did not confirm that Sajudin’s story was accurate, but it did get a copy of the amendment that completed the contract. The alleged daughter and mother refused to talk to the magazine:
‘Legal experts said that A.M.I.’s payment to Sajudin is significant because it establishes the company’s pattern of buying and burying stories that could be damaging to Trump during the Presidential campaign.’
One of AMI’s employees involved in the transaction said:
‘There’s no question it was done as a favor to continue to protect Trump from these potential secrets. That’s black-and-white.’
This was not the only time AMI paid to kill an article. The company paid the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, $150,000 for exclusive rights to her story in August 2016. Then, AMI quashed the story about her nearly year-long affair with Trump that began shortly after Melania Trump gave birth to their son.
Cohen paid the adult entertainment star and producer Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016. AMI was not involved buying Daniels’ silence about her sexual encounter with the president.
The National Enquirer team actively tried to confirm Sajudin’s story, according to the New Yorker:
‘Texts and e-mails from November of 2015 show that, before reporting was halted, the National Enquirer team was pursuing leads and trying to confirm Sajudin’s story. Reporters had staked out the homes of the alleged mother and daughter. The company had also hired an outside private investigator named Michael Mancuso, a former criminal investigator and the owner of Searching for the Truth Investigative Services, who administered the lie-detector test. (Mancuso declined a request for comment.) Lie-detector tests are notoriously flawed, and the test assessed only whether Sajudin had heard the story, not whether there was truth to the underlying claim.’
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