Rocah also points out that the agreement requires AMI not to give “false, incomplete or misleading statements or information.” On Wednesday, Dec. 12, The Hill reported that American Media Inc., also known as the publisher of the National Enquirer, has agreed to cooperate with New York federal prosecutors. The announcement was made by the Justice Department in a public statement that a non-prosecution agreement with American Media Inc. was respected “as part of the payment of $150,000 to a woman to influence the 2016 presidential election,” the statement said. Who is this mysterious woman, you may be wondering? Although she is not named in the statement, it appears to be former Playboy model Karen McDougal, a woman who claimed to have had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006. The president has categorically rejected the accusations of the case since its appearance. However, according to The Hill, McDougal received US$150,000 in 2016 from the Enquirer, whose parent company AMI was overseen by Trump insider David Pecker, for the exclusive rights to the story of their alleged affair with Trump. Despite the payment, the publication never turned McDougal`s story around. According to the prosecutor, the publication bought McDougal`s story to “suppress the woman`s story to prevent her from influencing the choice,” according to The Hill. “As part of the deal, AMI admitted that it made the payment of US$150,000 in coordination with a candidate`s presidential campaign and to ensure that the woman did not publish damaging accusations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election,” a southern district of New York press release said. Well, everyone, it was surely a day. Just when it looked like President Donald Trump would get away with it peacefully in late 2018, things might have changed for the worse, and that`s thanks to a well-known publisher.
So what does the National Enquirer`s no-suit agreement mean? Here`s what we know. Elite Daily reached out to the White House and the AMI for comment on McDougal`s no-suit agreement and accusations, but did not hear the return in time for publication. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking into whether American Media Inc., the company that publishes the National Enquirer, violated its no-suit agreement following alleged behavior by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, according to a source familiar with the matter. Federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with American Media Company, Inc. 1995. (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer, as part of a campaign payment to silence a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. The no-suit agreement signed in September 2018 describes AMI`s role in a payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before running for president. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to a campaign finance violation for arranging a silent money payment to McDougal, and AMI agreed to work with prosecutors instead of facing similar charges for helping facilitate the payment. The agreement also explicitly states that the non-prosecution contract applies only to crimes related to payments related to Cohen`s admission of guilt. AMI`s non-prosecution agreement specifies that the company can be prosecuted for any crime that may have occurred after the agreement was signed. In the agreement between prosecutors and AMI, signed on September 20 but sealed on Wednesday, “AMI further admitted that its main objective in the payment was to suppress the woman`s story to prevent her from influencing the election,” the statement reads.
Federal lawyers are looking into whether Jeff Bezos` allegations that he was extorted by the National Enquirer violated a U.S. no-suit agreement. . . .