US President Donald Trump sought to buy all the "dirt" that the National Enquirer, a leading scandal sheet, had collected on him over the past decades, The New York Times has reported. The newspaper, quoting unidentified associates of Trump, said on Thursday that the plan was concocted with Trump’s then lawyer, Michael Cohen, who has implicated him in hush money payments made before the 2016 election. Cohen agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors earlier in August that included an admission that he made payments to silence two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump before he ran for the White House. The Times said there was a plan to go even further — purchasing all of the information collected on Trump since the 1980s by the National Enquirer and its parent company, American Media. The Times said the scheme, however, was "never finalised". The Times said the plan was alluded to in taped conversations between Trump and Cohen which were released in July. Cohen pleaded guilty...

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