According to a report in the Washington Post, former Trump lawyer Micheal Cohen was provided with pre-publication access to stories about his boss to approve them and provide input during the 2016 presidential campaign from the National Enquirer.
The report states, that tabloid executives "sent digital copies of the tabloid’s articles and cover images related to Donald Trump and his political opponents," so that he could comment and provide guidance on how Trump should be portrayed.
According to three sources, Trump parlayed his friendship with David Pecker, the chief executive of American Media Inc., the Enquirer’s parent company, for access.
“Since Trump’s become president and even before, [Pecker] openly just has been willing to turn the magazine and the cover over to the Trump machine,” said one of the sources.
The source added, "if it was a story specifically about Trump, then it was sent over to Michael, and as long as there were no objections from him, the story could be published.'
You can read the whole report here.