Federal prosecutors have given immunity to the company that publishes The National Enquirer in connection with the $150,000 hush-money payment the supermarket tabloid gave Karen McDougal, the Playboy model who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump.
That payment to McDougal was made shortly before the 2016 presidential election and was done "to influence" that election, which sent Trump to the White House, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
The SDNY revealed its "non-prosecution agreement" with Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. on Wednesday, shortly after Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The agreement, which was signed on Sept. 21, requires AMI to cooperate fully with the SDNY's investigations.
Cohen's crimes included his playing a key role in getting AMI to pay off McDougal and his personally paying another purported paramour of Trump's, porn star Stormy Daniels, right before the election to keep quiet about their alleged past trysts with Trump.