The National Enquirer reportedly ran cover stories on President Trump by his personal attorney before going to print — during and after the election.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s troubled lawyer, screened digital copies of the stories to recommend flattering tweaks to photos and headlines, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing sources with knowledge of the editorial habit.
The lawyer had the power to pull stories that could potentially hurt Trump and his campaign, according to the newspaper.
"If it was a story specifically about Trump, then it was sent over to Michael, and as long as there were no objections from him, the story could be published,” a source told the Post.
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Dylan Howard, the Enquirer’s chief content officer, panned the report as "completely false" and said the tabloid never allowed Trump and Cohen never had editorial power over the magazine during the race to the White House.
And if it did, neither he or American Media executive David Pecker, did not know about it.
“Quite frankly, if they were shared, I’m a little concerned because people are acting as rogues and renegades,” Howard said, according to the Post.
“We do not run or kill stories on the behest of politicians, even if they are the president of the United States,” Howard added.
Pecker, who runs the Enquirer's parent company, refused to comment for the report.
Trump pushed for stories questioning the health of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and at least one cover depicting her "like a zombie" was reportedly sent to Cohen in advance, the sources said.
Former Trump campaign staffer Sam Nunberg compared the tabloid as a weekly and cheaper “campaign mailer.”
Federal prosecutors subpoenaed Pecker this week in connection to a criminal probe into Cohen and the publisher’s alleged $150,000 payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal in exchange for her story about her 2008 affair with Trump. Her account was never published.
Cohen is under investigation for fraud and campaign finance violations and is believed to have helped Pecker secure the deal.