National Enquirer execs granted immunity in Cohen probe -Vanity Fair, WSJ

David Pecker

Trump initially denied knowing anything about the payments.

"So, Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?"

Cohen also stated in court that a similar payment was made by American Media Incorporated (AMI), a corporation that owns the National Enquirer and other tabloids, to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, for the same objective and also with the involvement of Cohen, Trump and the Trump campaign.

Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, were first to report the development involving David Pecker, chief executive of the tabloid's publisher American Media and a friend of the president.

Trump explained that Cohen was one of many attorneys that he used, primarily on what he called "small deals".

"This is bad for Trump because the more witnesses you have, in terms of people who can testify, not just about what happened but why it happened, the more likely it is for the prosecution to establish the motive behind Trump's participating in this deal", said Jens Ohlin, a professor at Cornell Law School.

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Melania Trump was reportedly " blindsided " by the reports of the payment and kept out of the public eye for several days. Weisselberg was subpoenaed in July as part of the Cohen investigation, and testified a few weeks ago, according to CNN .

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Since the passing, President Donald Trump tweeted out his condolences from his official account. He was a leader to senators from both parties, a touchstone on foreign and domestic issues .

The problem is this interferes with both Trump's ability to hire "only the best people" and get the loyalty he demands. In the fall of 2016, weeks before the election, Cohen had set up a limited liability company in DE to hide the deal he made to silence the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels about an affair she said she had with Trump. Cohen is heard saying, "I've spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up".

Ms. McDougal sold her story to American Media for US$150,000 in August, 2016, but it was never published by the National Enquirer, a practice known as "catch and kill" aimed at suppressing potentially damaging stories. And federal law treats a loan to a campaign as a contribution, subject to contribution limits and disclosure requirements. As his scheme was unraveling, he was counting delegates for Trump's Republican National Convention balloting.

Congressman Al Green (D- TX) was calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment months ago, and he spoke with CNN's Michael Smerconish about his efforts this morning.

Trump's fury with Sessions - which began its low-burn when Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's probe into Russian election meddling, eventually leading to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller - has flared up again.

Trump has insisted that Manafort and Cohen were charged with matters totally unrelated to his presidential campaign. FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems - and so much more. Russian interference in the 2016 USA election may have been his original mandate - pretext might be a better word - but its goal now is obviously to implicate Trump in criminal wrongdoing.

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