The Mystery of the McDougal Payments.

How Did The Parent Company of the National Enquirer Profit From the Deal?

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Karen McDougal alleges a nine month affair with Trump.
In or about August 2015, David Pecker, in coordination with MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, and one or more members of the campaign, offered to help deal with negative stories about Donald Trump’s relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided. David Pecker agreed to keep COHEN apprised of any such negative stories.
Consistent with the agreement described above, AMI advised MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, of negative stories during the course of the campaign, and COHEN, with the assistance of AMI, was able to arrange for the purchase of two stories so as to suppress them and prevent them from influencing the election. First, in or about June 2016, a model and actress Karen McDougal began attempting to sell her story of her alleged extramarital affair with Donald Trump that had taken place in 2006 and 2007, knowing the story would be of considerable value because of the election . . .
Between August 2016 and September 2016, Cohen agreed with David Pecker to assign the rights to the non-disclosure portion of AMI’s agreement with Karen McDougal to Cohen for $125,000. Cohen then incorporated a shell entity called “Resolution Consultants LLC” to be used in the transaction. Both David Pecker and Cohen ultimately signed the agreement, and a consultant for AMI, using his own shell entity, provided Cohen with an invoice for the payment of $125,000.
Michael himself did not make the payment to Karen McDougal called for by the agreement reached between AMI and Karen McDougal, but participated in planning discussions with President Trump and the Chairman and CEO of AMI relating to the payment made by AMI, including obtaining the commitment of President Trump to repay AMI. As the matter unfolded, the contract was profitable for AMI, and President Trump's failure to reimburse AMI was ultimately not contested by AMI.
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Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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