Trump "concealed crimes that hid damaging information from the voting public during the 2016 presidential election," said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Donald Trump’s historic indictment details 34 felony charges against the former president, alleging Trump attempted to conceal hush-money payments made days before the 2016 election. That includes a payment made to a Trump Tower doorman who alleged Trump had a child born out of wedlock.
The charges confirmed reporting that the indictment accuses Trump of hiding two hush-money payments meant to silence two women who claim to have had sex with him. But among the allegations is a separate $30,000 payment to silence a Trump Tower doorman who claimed Trump had an affair with a former employee.
The statement of facts released by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office outlines a $30,000 payment in 2015 to the “Doorman,” who was attempting to sell a story that Trump fathered a child out of wedlock.
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In October or November of 2015, the statement of facts reads, upon learning that the doorman was attempting to sell information that Trump allegedly had a child out of wedlock, AMI negotiated with the doorman for $30,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
“AMI falsely characterized this payment in AMI’s books and records, including in its general ledger,” said the statement of facts, noting that AMI acquired exclusive rights to the story before verifying it. “AMI purchased this information from the doorman without fully investigating his claims.”
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After Trump won the election, the doorman was released from the non-disclosure agreement.
At some point between election day and his inauguration, Trump privately met with the CEO of AMI, David Pecker, who the statement of facts does not name, and thanked Pecker for “handling the stories of the Doorman and Woman 1, and invited the AMI CEO to the inauguration.” Later, once Trump was president, he invited Pecker for dinner at the White House to “thank him for his help during the campaign.”
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