The big Trump story you won’t read in The Enquirer
November 7, 2016
It sounds like a juicy scoop: A woman willing to go on the record saying she carried on an affair with a presidential candidate, just days before the election.
Instead, it apparently turned into a cover-up.
The National Enquirer, which has endorsed Donald Trump for president, reportedly paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate to talk about her alleged affair with the Republican nominee.
They carried on for 10 months during 2006, according to Karen McDougal, just after Trump had married his third wife.
The Trump story that wasn’t
This may be news to you, because the Enquirer never ran the story. Word of it only broke over the weekend, when The Wall Street Journal published a story suggesting the tabloid sat on the story to protect Trump, who is facing Hillary Clinton in a tight race for the White House.
The deal McDougal signed with the Enquirer prevented her from discussing the Trump affair with other publications. It also covered two years’ worth of fitness-related writing for the magazine as well as cover shots, allowing The Enquirer to argue it hasn’t technically paid for a story but rather for unrelated content from McDougal.
“AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump,” said a statement from Enquirer owner American Media.
Whether that’s true or not, thanks to The Journal, the story’s out there now.
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