Donald Trump’s bad week gets even worse as reports surface that David Pecker of AMI was granted immunity and is now cooperating with federal prosecutors.

By | 2018-08-24T06:31:04+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |27 Comments

Remember, this is the guy that Michael Cohen worked with to payoff Playboy model Karen McDougal and kill her story. 

He is also one of Trump’s oldest and dearest friends. 

Courtesy of NBC News

The chairman of the company that publishes the National Enquirer was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of an investigation into President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, NBC News reported Thursday.

The immunity deal was earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.

The Journal had reported earlier Thursday that American Media Inc. Chairman David Pecker gave prosecutors details about the president’s knowledge of payments Cohen made to women alleging affairs with Trump.

Prosecutors declined CNBC’s request for comment on the Journal’s report. A spokesman for American Media did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

Details of the agreement were not immediately known. But the immunity deal could hold significant consequences for Trump, as Pecker could have as much damaging information about the president as anyone in Trump’s orbit.

And what is Pecker sharing?

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

According to two sources briefed on the Cohen investigation, prosecutors granted immunity to David Pecker, chairman of The National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., and A.M.I.’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, so they would describe Trump’s involvement in Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign. The Wall Street Journal first reported Pecker’s cooperation on Wednesday night. (Pecker and Howard did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A spokesperson for the Southern District of New York declined to comment.)

Pecker’s apparent decision to corroborate Cohen’s account, and implicate Trump in a federal crime, is another vivid example of how isolated Trump is becoming as the walls close in and his former friends look for ways out. “Holy shit, I thought Pecker would be the last one to turn,” a Trump friend told me when I brought up the news. Trump and Pecker have been close for years. According to the Trump friend, Pecker regularly flew on Trump’s plane from New York to Florida. In July 2013, Trump tweeted that Pecker should become C.E.O. of Time magazine. “He’d make it exciting and win awards!”

Trump recently suggested that Cohen was making things up to save his own skin.

Is that the same excuse he is going to use to explain away the fact that David Pecker is corroborating Cohen’s story?

Boy, when the dominoes start to fall they really fall, don’t they?

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27 Comments

  1. anon August 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    STAND BY YOUR MAN
    Pro-Trump Juror: I Really Wanted Paul Manafort to Be Innocent
    Paula Duncan said she wanted to believe in Manafort’s innocence, but found the evidence against him overwhelming. That being said, she believes President Trump is doing ‘great.’
    “It would have come quicker, Duncan said, if not for a lone holdout from a juror who did not want to convict Manafort on 10 of the 18 counts.” “Despite pleas from the other 11 jurors, the 12th one—whom Duncan described as a female non-Trump supporter—did not budge.” “We all tried to convince her to look at the paper trail. We laid it out in front of her again and again and she still said that she had a reasonable doubt. And that’s the way the jury worked,” ”

    “In regards to the Russian investigation, Duncan said she doesn’t know if she believes the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election, telling Fox News that she didn’t personally see any Russians in the election booth.

    “I as a voter, when I went out to check my boxes I didn’t see any Russian holding a gun to my head, so how could Russia have affected the campaign results,”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/pro-trump-manafort-juror-i-really-wanted-him-to-be-innocent?ref=home

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/manafort-juror-one-holdout-blocked-conviction-on-all-18-counts

    • Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      “In regards to the Russian investigation, Duncan said she doesn’t know if she believes the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election, telling Fox News that she didn’t personally see any Russians in the election booth……
      I as a voter, when I went out to check my boxes I didn’t see any Russian holding a gun to my head, so how could Russia have affected the campaign results.”
      ————

      How DUMB can you get.

      • Anon August 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

        She must believe in Trump no collusion no conspiracy.

  2. anon August 23, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/david-pecker-immunity-michael-cohen_us_5b7ee53fe4b0cd327dfacb11

    “In or about August 2015, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Corporation-1 (“Chairman-1”), in coordination with MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, and one of more members of the campaign, offered to help deal with negative stories about Individual-1′s relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided. Chairman-1 agreed to keep COHEN apprised of any such negative stories. ”

    “Consistent with the agreement described above, Corporation-1 advised MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, of negative stories during the course of the campaign, and COHEN, with the assistance of Corporation-1, was able to arrange for the purchase of two stories so as to suppress them and prevent them from influencing the election.”

  3. $BM August 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    FULL $AFE?
    “The National Enquirer reportedly kept a safe with information on Donald Trump’s “hush money” arrangements and other documents — evidence of the magazine’s “cozy” relationship with the president.

    The Associated Press reported that the magazine kept the safe full of documents in the leadup to the 2016 election. According to employees of American Media Inc., the company’s chairman and Trump ally David Pecker derived “power” from the information.”<RAWSTORY

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/reports-immunity-tabloid-ceo-trump-hush-money-probe-183131025.html

    '"David gets hit by a truck," Trump says.

    "Correct," Cohen replies. "So, I'm all over that."'

  4. Old Redneck August 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry but I just can’t resist it: Trump’s Pecker lets him down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • pop August 23, 2018 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      That wasn’t very christian.

  5. Anon August 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Did Trump believe that if they were found out everyone would be willing to go to jail and lie for him so he could escape legal punishment. That appears to be the case that Trump is convinced he is entitled to do what he wants with impunity. Loyalty for Trump is willingness to commit crimes, lie, deceive, cover ups, jail time and significant financial losses. I believe he meant it when he said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue nd get away with it. He was mistaken. It will be icing on the cake if Melania divorces him. None of this is surprising given his business history.

    Fingers crossed that other women in contact with Avenatti come forward publicly.

  6. Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Let’s not forget that Trump may have paid for an abortion with one of his playmates and let another person take the fall. Donny been busy running rampant over this earth. Spoiled fat rich boy. I hope to see him fall eventually and all the Republicans and their followers feeling as stupid as they have been these past few years. They were all complicit.

  7. Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I had to laugh that his first tweet was in the 1:00 AM hour today.
    Can’t sleep, donny boy? Gee, I wonder why.

  8. Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Personally i think the big news of the day was Cohen was present at the “pre trump tower” meeting,the one that Rudy blappped about that no one had heard of.
    Trump was present and oked the meeting with the russians to get dirt on Hillary, collusion! !

    This news is good because he collaborates Cohen’s story.

    Time for Omarosa to release another tape?

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I am enjoying the slow twisting of little donnie,he must be staying up nights trying to figure out who else he screwed,literally and figuratively, that will come forward to testify against him 🙂

    And we haven’t even gotten to what Mueller has uncovered!

    If our country survives the moron in the. WH,we can survive anything.

    • Anon August 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      I like this “slow twisting”. Karma
      More people are willing to tell the secrets as key people cooperate like divulging the AMI safe.

      • anon August 24, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

        More like the $low $inking into a $wampy Tar pIT

        : an area in which natural bitumens collect and are exposed at the earth’s surface and which tends to trap animals and preserve their hardON parts (such as boneRs or Fal$e teeth).

  9. dvlaries August 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    >He is also one of Trump’s oldest and dearest friends.<

    Forgive the nitpicking, Gryphen. Donald Trump has no friends, certainly no close ones most of all. Familiars yes, friends no. Equally amoral familiars. Instinct should tell any intelligent onlooker no different.

    • Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Yep, the next to throw under the bus are his kids and so called wife

  10. Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Sometime soon Melania Trump will throw in the towel because he’s making her a bigger fool by staying by him and his lies.

  11. ANON August 23, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/dan-rather-warns-trump-era-began-a-dangerous-period-in-that-last-48-hours/

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/april-ryan-pounds-trump-for-attack-on-journalists-after-he-was-caught-crafting-news-with-the-national-enquirer/

    “for being a hypocrite and said that all along he was “crafting stories.””“This president talks about fake news and crafting news. And as a civilian he was crafting news, killing stories, and smearing people’s names.”

    Ryan then said that Trump’s actions are consistently unprecedented and that he works by “street politics. “”

  12. Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    ‘They deserve this situation’: Ex-Republican Congressman blames his own party for ‘lying with dogs and getting fleas’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/deserve-situation-ex-republican-congressman-blames-party-lying-dogs-getting-fleas/

  13. Anonymous August 23, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    The guy who’s spent his life grabbing pussy, could ultimately be taken down by a Pecker!

    https://twitter.com/Molly3186/status/1032699206392315904?s=07

    https://twitter.com/The_UnSilent_/status/1032818248209850369?s=07

    Watch: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow breaks down how the ‘desperately unsubtle’ National Enquirer helped Trump win

    …With news that Pecker has flipped on his former ally, Maddow noted that that pattern of reporting is by no means coincidental.

    “David Pecker is not a random or peripheral figure in the president’s life,” she said. “This is probably the president’s greatest ally in building his public image over the last couple of decades. This is the guy, the company that specifically has managed the president’s public image, in part by aggressively managing secrets that Trump believed would be most damaging to him if they were publicly exposed.”

    “And now that is who is talking to federal prosecutors,” Maddow concluded.

    Watch below, via MSNBC:

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/watch-rachel-maddow-breaks-desperately-unsubtle-national-enquirer-helped-trump-win/

  14. asking for a friend August 24, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Ooops!

    This looks like a big fucking dill!

    What do you think?

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/bombshell-trumps-financial-gatekeeper-just-granted-legal-immunity-cohen-probe/

    Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, was recently granted legal immunity in exchange for his testimony in front of a grand jury as part of the probe of former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Weisselberg “was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Michael Cohen in the criminal investigation into hush-money payments for two women during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

  15. Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    So is Trump organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. With all they know between the two of them Trump should have insomnia from the night sweats.

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