Trump "was involved in or briefed on almost every step of the agreements", says the story, which is based on interviews with three dozen people, along with court documents and other records. In August, the president's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to federal crimes for orchestrating the payments, which he said he did at Trump's direction.
Trump reportedly met with his longtime friend and chief executive of American Media, David Pecker, to quiet the women who had stories to tell.More news: Twitter salutes Harmanpreet Kaur after masterpiece in India’s opener
"Tonight, there is certainly more evidence than there was this morning that the president of the United States might have violated some kind of campaign finance law", Fisher reported. In one instance, Pecker's company reportedly paid $150,00 to model Karen McDougal to prevent her from speaking out about the alleged affair. According to the accounts, Trump asked Pecker what he could do to help his campaign, and the latter responded by offering to "use his National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of women if they tried to publicize alleged sexual encounters with Mr. Trump".
The president has repeatedly denied playing any role in hush-money payments to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and the former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Pecker was granted immunity by federal prosecutors in their investigation into Cohen, NBC News reported in August.More news: California bar shooting shocks city once deemed safe in US
Mr. Trump arranged meetings and phone calls about the payments with Michael Cohen, who was his personal attorney at that time, according to the Wall Street Journal. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan has gathered evidence of Mr. Trump's participation in the transactions.
Both McDougal and Daniels/Clifford have filed lawsuits to break their non-disclosure agreements and speak about the affairs.More news: "Would Never Forgive Trump", Writes Michelle Obama In Memoir