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National Enquirer publisher AMI gets deal with feds over alleged Trump affair payment

December 12, 2018 - 2:39 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The publisher of the National Enquirer has been given immunity in connection with a hush payment the tabloid gave a Playboy model who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump.

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The Southern District U.S. attorney's office says a $150,000 payment was made to Karen McDougal to influence the 2016 election.

The non-prosecution deal was announced on Wednesday afternoon, after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was handed a 3 year prison sentence for paying porn star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.

Prosecutors say Enquirer publisher American Media Inc admitted to paying McDougal to keep her from gong public with allegations of a Trump affair.

"AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman's story so as to prevent it from influencing the election," prosecutors said.

CNBC reports, AMI has also agreed to implement improvements to internal compliance to prevent future campaign finance law violations.