>> Mr. Cohen, any comment?>> On the same day Donald Trump's former lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison, more legal troubles could be brewing for the president. The publisher of the National Enquirer reaching a deal Wednesday with US prosecutors to avoid charges for its role in a hush money payment in the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed she had an affair with Trump before he was a candidate.
McDougal sold her story for $150,000, but it was never published, a practice known in the tabloid business as catch and kill. The publisher, also known as AMI, admitted to prosecutors that it acted in concert with Trump's campaign and with the intention of keeping McDougal's story from influencing the election.
Reuters correspondent Anthony Lin.>> This is damaging to Trump, because he, certainly in the last several weeks and certainly in his interview with Reuters on Tuesday, has consistently said that these payments were not part of the campaign, they were a personal matter. He wold have made them whether he was running for president or not.
And therefore, importantly, they're not subject to campaign finance law. Now, Michael Cohen was just sentenced for his role in making these payments to three years in prison for a campaign finance violation. So that brings home how serious a charge prosecutors are treating it as. And now they have, this deal suggests they have more evidence from other people at AMI that, yes, the payments were made to influence the election and, therefore, are subject to campaign finance law.
>> AMI Chief Executive David Pecker is a long-time friend of Trump's as well as Cohen's. Pecker and another AMI executive were granted immunity in August as part of the federal probe. Representatives for AMI and Pecker could not be immediately reached for comment.