The Associated Press wrote that its reporters could not confirm that the rumor of the child was true - but more importantly, the AP was able to confirm that the doorman who then worked in Trump World Tower, Dino Sajudin, received the $30,000 payment from the tabloid in exchange for signing an agreement that he would never discuss the rumor.
The doorman, Dino Sajudin, spoke out after reports published Thursday morning detailed his agreement with American Media Inc., the publisher of The National Enquirer that included a $30,000 payment for the exclusive rights to the story. The contract subjected Sajudin to a $1 million penalty if he disclosed either the rumour or the terms of the deal.
The Enquirer maintains it didn't report the doorman's story because it "lacked any credibility".
"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. Still, "unhinged Twitter rants are not how you respond to federal investigation, it's how you escalate a global military conflict", Colbert said, reading Trump's hot-and-cold tweets about lobbing missiles at Syria and Russian Federation.
During AP's reporting, AMI threatened legal action over reporters' efforts to interview current and former employees and hired the NY law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, which challenged the accuracy of the AP's reporting.
Dylan Howard, the Enquirer's top editor and an AMI executive, also explained that the story seemed very interesting in the beginning and would have sold "hundreds of thousands" of magazines, but turned out to be untrue.
Others said stories attacking Trump's rivals - including Hillary Clinton - were not subject to the same stringent fact-checking before publication.
But four longtime Enquirer staffers directly familiar with the episode challenged Howard's version of events. "I think the public should know that".
USA president Donald Trump has courted controversies and has nearly become synonymous with the word, thanks to his alleged association with pornstar Stormy Daniels and several women accusing him of sexual assault. But if gorging ourselves on the ugly details of the president's intimate life is providing us with some sort of psychic sedation, maybe we need another way of dealing with the Trump era.
"The behavior is so extreme and so weird", she said. As a general practice, however, sources agree to be paid for their tips only upon publication.
Paying for a catch-and-kill story is unto itself not a crime, however whether or not these payments were made with campaign funds may be the smoking gun.
The New York Times has reported that McDougal believes that Cohen was working behind the scenes with AMI in the purchase of her story that the company had no intention of running.
Sajudin said he heard the tale from employees and residents of Trump World Tower and passed a polygraph test, RadarOnline reported. That Pecker and Cohen acted entirely independently, spending their own money to silence allegations that the president has said are untrue.