New Book Says National Enquirer Shredded Trump-Related Documents
The National Enquirer’s top editor instructed staff to shred documents related to President Donald Trump after The Wall Street Journal called ahead of its first story on the tabloid’s “catch and kill” relationship with the president, according to a new book.
Journalist Ronan Farrow wrote that editor Dylan Howard made the call, saying he wanted the safe emptied and would need a shredder, CNN reported after viewing an advance copy of the book, "Catch and Kill.”
Just days before the 2016 election, The Journal published a story about the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., revealing AMI had "agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model for her story of an affair a decade ago with the Republican presidential nominee, but then didn't publish it."
When the issue blew up post election, AMI was offered immunity for cooperating with the investigation that pulled in AMI chairman David Pecker, the president, and Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
“Speculation centered on what American Media might have kept in a notorious safe in the company's office,” CNN noted, but Farrow wrote that the safe was “small and cheap and old.”
Farrow also wrote, however, that something inside the safe was destroyed following that phone call from The Journal.
The journalist wrote that "a Trump-related document from the safe, along with others in the Enquirer's possession, had been shredded,” though he neglects to disclose how he obtained this information.
AMI told CNN that Farrow’s account is “completely untrue,” adding that his “narrative is driven by unsubstantiated allegations from questionable sources.”