Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement shortly before voters went to the polls for the 2016 presidential election in exchange for $130,000 from Cohen. The rights to McDougal's story were bought in August 2016 by American Media Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported, but her story was never published.
In court records, prosecutors said Cohen planned to buy the rights to McDougal’s story from American Media Inc. for $125,000, but the media company backed out of the deal before it could be finalized.
Cohen told authorities Trump, who he did not name in court, coordinated with him to ensure the payments were made.
The two appeared to be discussing the payments in a recording seized by federal officials in April during a raid on Cohen's office. The recording was made in September 2016, two months before that year's presidential election, CNN reported.
"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend, David," Cohen can be heard saying in the tape. CNN reported that the David that Cohen referred to was most likely Pecker.
Authorities continue to investigate.
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