JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!
(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Prior to the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, planned to buy all the scandalous stories the National Enquirer and its parent company had collected on the real estate mogul over the years.

The New York Times reported that the plan came to light after Trump's longtime friend and CEO of American Media Inc., David Pecker, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors in exchange for information on Trump and Cohen silencing the pair of women with whom Trump allegedly had sexual affairs.



According to the Times, the arrangement was never finalized and "has not been reported before."

The plan was implied, however, during a recorded conversation between Cohen and Trump that Cohen's lawyer released last month.

In the conversation, Cohen tells Trump, "It's all the stuff β€” all the stuff, because you never know."

It remains unclear just how much damaging information on the President remains in possession of American Media. Key associates who were aware of the discussion wished to remain anonymous.

Adult film star Stephanie Gregory Clifford, whose professional moniker is Stormy Daniels, claimed to have had an affair with Trump in 2006, and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal said she had a year-long affair with Trump between 2006 and 2007.

Trump denied both claims but Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges β€” including paying off the women in hush money.

Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 after she signed a non-disclosure agreement before the 2016 election.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the American Media company bought the exclusive rights to McDougal's story in August 2016 in return for $150,000 and promised to promote "her career as a fitness specialist."

Her allegations about a relationship with Trump remained unpublished.

Pecker admitted to being a part of a "catch and kill" scheme in which he bought and buried McDougal's story.

Those privy to the discussions said the President and his lawyer were concerned about what would happen to the unpublished files if Pecker left American Media for Time Magazine, something he's reportedly talked about doing.

Trump told Cohen in the conversation, "Maybe he gets hit by a truck."

The recording also included Cohen saying, "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info, regarding our friend David."

He also discussed purchasing the files from American Media with Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's chief financial officer.

"I've spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up."

"We'll have to pay him something," he added, which CNN assumed referred to Pecker.

People speculated about how much more dirt on Trump the National Enquirer has.




The anonymous associates said the files are mostly "older National Enquirer stories about Mr. Trump's marital woes and lawsuits; related story notes and lists of sensitive sources; some tips about alleged affairs; and minutia, like allegations of unscrupulous golfing."

H/T - Wikipedia, NYtimes, WDBradio, Twitter

Image by Adabara Ibrahim from Pixabay

When you go on a job interview, the last thing you probably never think about is asking a question.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by S K from Pixabay

I have a few wealthy friends and I've seen a thing or two that has made my eyes pop out of my head. Let's just say that the priorities of a wealthy person and a dude who has never broken six figures are entirely different. But that doesn't compare to working for the fabulously rich. A friend of mine was a nanny for a super rich family for several years and described the lavish trips she took with them (and how picky and out of touch they were, too).

People told us their own stories after Redditor NeighborhoodTrolley asked the online community,

"People who cater to the super rich: What things have you seen?"
Keep reading... Show less
Image by LillyCantabile from Pixabay

Oh the matters of the heart are just never going to be easy. Love seems to be a never ending mess. I've dated a lot and can attest that the percentage of bad to good is 70/30. And that may be generous math.

I've heard about people fighting on dates, setting fire to the restaurant, discovering hidden identities and dramas I thought only ever occurred on daytime television.

I use to believe the biggest fear about dating was that the other person may turn out to be a serial killer, but they at least tend to show you a respectable time before they strike.

Oof. Let's see who has been left scarred by the hunt.

Redditor u/givemeyourfreefood wanted everyone to share the stories that almost made them re-think searching for love, by asking:

What's the worst date you ever had?
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Peter H from Pixabay

As much as we'd like to assume spirits, ghosts, and paranormal happenings are relegated to movies and books, plenty of real-life stories abound.

Keep reading... Show less