Trump Tried To Buy All Of The Enquirer's Dirt On Him

David Pecker, Head Of National Enquirer, Resigns From Postmedia Board

David Pecker, Head Of National Enquirer, Resigns From Postmedia Board

It's unclear if prosecutors are interested in Trump and Cohen's plan to purchase all the dirt the tabloid had gathered on the president for the past 40 years. McDougal says she has an affair with Trump years ago. What if Pecker left?

Prosecutors claimed in court documents last week that Pecker, who considers himself President Donald Trump's close friend, and Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and personal fixer, concocted a plan to "suppress" stories that might have otherwise been damaging to Trump soon after he announced he would run for president in 2015.

The payments were directed by Mr Trump and amounted to illegal campaign contributions, Mr Cohen claimed.

During the presidential campaign, he prevented staff from going through the Trump archive for story material, meaning the National Enquirer - which broke the story of former presidential candidate John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter during the 2008 campaign - played no similar vetting role in the 2016 election.

"It's all the stuff - all the stuff, because you never know", Cohen could be heard saying on a recording that's already received attention.

Pecker has been granted immunity by federal authorities.

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It is not clear yet whether the proposed plan to purchase all the information from American Media has attracted the interest of federal prosecutors in NY, who last week obtained a guilty plea from Cohen over a $130,000 payment to the adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, and a $150,000 payment to a Playboy model, Karen McDougal. Lawyers for Trump and Cohen declined to comment to The Times, as did American Media Inc. Cohen last week pleaded guilty on eight counts of financial crimes, including two campaign finance violations related to the hush money payments.

"It's all the stuff - all the stuff", Cohen says in that recording.

The deal reportedly never went through, but it would have allowed Trump to own all the stories that the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., had purchased rights to but chosen not to publish-a practice called "catch and kill".

"Maybe he gets hit by a truck", Trump said of Pecker in a conversation with Cohen, musing about an unfortunate mishap befalling his good friend.

Pecker has served as a Postmedia director since October 2016, according to Bloomberg News.

Much of the dirt that has been collected by the National Inquirer dealt with virtually everything in Trump's life including his marital issues, alleged affairs, lawsuits, and so much more.

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