The president of a pro-Trump group has been charged with conspiracy, extortion, and obstruction of justice after a criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors in Georgia alleged he threatened to “break up” the National Enquirer if the news website published a report alleging he had sex with an underage prostitute.
Matthew Burnett, the president of the National Front for the Freedom of Information, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday, the Justice Department said.
The complaint against Burnett is the latest in a string of allegations against the president-elect.
In December, Trump accused the Enquirers publisher, Marla Maples, of having a “fugitives tendencies.”
He also alleged that she had “lost the trust of millions of Americans” and threatened to have her terminated if the publication reported her claims.
“You should know better than to put your reputation on the line to be associated with a woman who is a liar, a thief, a perjurer,” Trump said at the time.