Michael Cohen said he practiced the tactic of "catch and kill" -- where a publication buys the rights to a story and then buries the story as a favor to someone -- for President Trump.
"I was involved in several of these catch-and-kill episodes. But these catch-and-kill scenarios existed between David Pecker and Mr. Trump long before I started working for him in 2007," Cohen said.
Why this matters: Cohen worked with the National Enquirer's owner, American Media Inc., to bury stories that could have harmed Trump's chances of winning the presidential election.
Media companies, of course, are usually in the business of publishing bombshell stories, not covering them up. But the National Enquirer operates differently. Trump and Pecker, the Enquirer's publisher and longtime friend of the President, have had a mutually beneficial relationship for years. Buying the rights to a potentially harmful story and then burying it as a favor -- a tabloid practice called "catch and kill"-- was one of the benefits.
In December, federal prosecutors struck a non-prosecution agreement AMI, which admitted to making a payment of $150,000 in cooperation with members of Trump's presidential campaign in order to prevent former Playboy model Karen McDougal's claims of an affair with Trump from being made public during the 2016 race.