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National Enquirer publisher subpoenaed in Michael Cohen investigation: report

The Hill logo The Hill 6/20/2018 Justin Wise
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The publisher of National Enquirer has been subpoenaed for records related to its $150,000 payment to a former Playboy model for the right to her story that alleged she had an affair with President Trump.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that the subpoena, filed by Manhattan federal prosecutors, is asking for information from the publisher, American Media Inc., about its 2016 payment to Karen McDougal. The subpoena is part of a larger probe into President Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Investigators are reviewing whether Cohen tried to suppress any potential damaging information about Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. As part of the probe, investigators are looking into whether Cohen coordinated with American Media to pay McDougal for her story and then not publish her account, The Journal reported.

This developing report will be updated


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