McDougal alleges in court documents that AMI failed to live up to the deal they signed with her and that the company never intended to publish a story about her alleged affair with Trump. She’s alleging that the publisher instead engaged in the practice of “catching and killing” an unfavorable story about Trump. According to McDougal’s suit, AMI decided “they would buy the story not to publish it, because [AMI CEO David Pecker] was a close friend of Mr. Trump.”
…The payments to Daniels and McDougal have also raised questions about possible violations of federal election laws. Liberal advocacy groups have asked the Federal Elections Commission to investigate. Cohen has said that the payment to Daniels was legal and came from his personal funds.