The publisher of National Enquirer agrees to cooperate with prosecutors

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American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, the Department of Justice reported in a statement on Wednesday.

AMI admitted that it paid $ 150,000 to a woman "in consultation with" President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists emphasize Trump ties with foreign autocrats in hotel light show Jose Canseco raises Trump for chief of staff: "Worried about you that every day you look more like a Twinkie & # 39; Dershowitz: the Mueller report contains & # 39; sins & # 39; but no & # 39; accusable violation & # 39; MOREcampaign "to ensure that the woman did not make any harmful accusations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election."

Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, was paid $ 150,000 in 2016 by publishers of the National Enquirer for exclusive rights to her story about her alleged affair with Trump. The Enquirer never ran the story at the time.

The National Enquirer has bought the rights to the story of McDougal "to suppress the woman's story to prevent it from affecting the election," said prosecutors, who did not refer to the name McDougal.

Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in August for facilitating a $ 150,000 payment at the same time as the National Enquirer payment, in violation of the campaign finance law.

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors said that this payment, and a separate one to another woman who had an affair with Trump, had been made "in coordination with and in the direction of" Trump.

Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison on Wednesday for various offenses, including payments.

Due to their cooperation, AMI will not be prosecuted for its role in the payment.

AMI has promised to distribute the written standards of employees with regard to federal election laws and to facilitate cooperation in the future & # 39; to provide prosecutors, according to the agreement announced on Wednesday.

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