National Enquirer Derails The Trump Train ?
American Media (AMI) owns the National Enquirer and its boss, David Pecker (a longtime ally of the Prez), confessed to paying off Playmate Karen McDougal to prevent her from going public about her 9-month affair with Candidate Trump. The biggest revelation in their confession is that the National Enquirer acted in coordination with the Trump Campaign to “catch and kill” the story with the intention to influence voters.
AMI previously denied that it had "paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump." But now it is confessing to "catch and kill." pic.twitter.com/RosWZrJWEh
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 12, 2018
US Atty from Southern District of NY announces it won't prosecute American Media after firm, headed by Trump friend David Pecker, admits it acted w/Trump campaign to suppress allegation of extra-marital affair before 2016 election. heightens Trump vulnerability to felony charge
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 12, 2018
Wow: The National Enquirer's parent company has admitted to prosecutors that it made the $150,000 payment in "concert with" the Trump campaign "in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election."
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) December 12, 2018
American Media, Inc., the National Enquirer's publisher, admitted paying $150,000 for Karen McDougal's story "to prevent it from influencing the election.”
Trump hates honest journalism because fake news literally paid to elect him.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 12, 2018
So now it's not just Michael Cohen saying the payments were made to influence the election. It's now also American Media, Inc, which is owned by longtime Trump ally David Pecker.
This is an explicit admission of campaign finance violations. https://t.co/Mo0PLf2Tem
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) December 12, 2018
At least one other person from Trump’s campaign accompanied Michael Cohen in August 2015 to a meeting with longtime Trump ally David Pecker to discuss how Pecker’s media empire could help suppress negative stories during the election, prosecutors reveal https://t.co/yaJj03rh9g
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) December 12, 2018
David Pecker’s got Trump by the balls.