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Trump fathered a child with an employee — according to ex-doorman paid off by National Enquirer: report

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President Donald Trump may have fathered a child with an employee and then paid to keep the situation under wraps, according to newly revealed documents.

The Associated Press confirmed the National Enquirer paid $30,000 to a former doorman at Trump World Tower in exchange with the perpetual rights to a story he’d heard about the child.

The payment came eight months before the tabloid paid $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, and it raises new questions about how the National Enquirer and attorney Michael Cohen fought to protect Trump’s reputation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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The tabloid’s deal with ex-doorman Dino Sajudin effectively prohibited him from going public with rumors he had heard about Trump’s relationship with a woman who worked at the Trump Organization property near the United Nations.

The contract subjected Sajudin to a $1 million penalty if he revealed the rumor or terms of the hush agreement to anyone.

Federal investigators raided Cohen’s home, hotel and office on Monday seeking, among other evidence, communications between Cohen, publisher American Media’s chief executive and the Enquirer’s top editor.

RadarOnline, which is also published by American Media, published a story on the rumor Wednesday and said the Enquirer spent four weeks pursuing the story but ultimately decided it wasn’t true.

But four longtime staffers told the AP they were ordered by top editors to stop reporting on the story — which they described as promising.

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The former Trump World Tower employee denied having an affair with Trump and said she had no idea the tabloid had paid Sajudin or pursued the information he claimed to have.

The AP has not been able to confirm the rumor and did not name the woman, who said the story was “all fake.”

Sajudin told the AP he would only tell his story in exchange for money.

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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Bloomberg and Biden attack Sanders supporters’ ‘Trump-like’ tactics

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On Monday, The New York Times analyzed the state of the Democratic presidential primaries heading into the Nevada caucuses. One of the key new developments is a fresh volley of attacks on the behavior of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which is being characterized as "Trump-like" by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which has largely focused its attacks on President Trump, on Monday mounted a frontal offensive against one of his Democratic rivals for the first time, comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign tactics with those employed by the president," wrote Thomas Kaplan, Kate Conger, and Reid Epstein.

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