Donald Trump directly asked that money be paid to a Playboy mannequin who claimed to have an affair – although he insisted that he never knew it, they say .
Federal prosecutors investigating payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal have found the president found. The President thanked National Enquirer magazine for purchasing its silence.
This decision could be a potential violation of strict campaign finance laws.
Today, the Wall Street Journal said the investigation into alleged crimes discovered by Trump had come directly to repeatedly repress the alleged sex.
The billionaire businessman asked his close friend then David Pecker, CEO of the parent company of tabloid magazine, American Media Inc., how he could help his campaign in August 2015.
Pecker told him that he could buy the silence of women claiming to have sex with the candidate at the time.
Shortly after American Media negotiated a £ 115,000 contract with McDougal after he initially announced that it was worth £ 11,000.
The magazine's editors, who were in constant contact with Michael Cohen, then Pecker's and Trump's lawyer, bid tenfold when they discovered the model was talking to a TV channel.
Payment was made at Trump's direct request to Pecker.
McDougal received the money four days before the 2016 elections.
American Media said at the time that she had been paid for magazine covers and fitness columns and that she had denied buying her article to protect Trump.
The president's campaign team pleaded ignorance on demand.
"We have no knowledge of this," said Hope Hicks, spokesman for Trump at the time, about the McDougal deal.
Hicks, who had discussed the issue with Trump before posting his comment, was relaying what he had been told, according to people close to the conversation.
Trump also denied knowing of the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had sex with him in 2006.
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The Wall Street Journal claimed that the US leader was an essential part of the two secret deals.
Trump's involvement in payments does not in itself mean he's guilty of federal crimes, according to Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California.
A criminal conviction would require proof that he had deliberately abused the law on contributions from companies or individuals over £ 2,000, he said.
Prosecutors with the evidence come from the Southern District of New York and act separately from Robert Mueller's Special Council investigation.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to funding election campaign violations and is awaiting conviction on December 12.
Pecker has since negotiated an agreement with investigators in exchange for information on payments.
Although once close, Trump, Cohen and Pecker do not talk anymore.
The White House referred the inquiries to Trump's outside legal team, which was unavailable for comment.