Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump was involved every step of the way on hush money payoffs.

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal

As a presidential candidate in August 2015, Donald Trump huddled with a longtime friend, media executive David Pecker, in his cluttered 26th floor Trump Tower office and made a request.

What can you do to help my campaign? he asked, according to people familiar with the meeting.

Mr. Pecker, chief executive of American Media Inc., offered to use his National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of women if they tried to publicize alleged sexual encounters with Mr. Trump.

Less than a year later, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Pecker to quash the story of a former Playboy model who said they’d had an affair. Mr. Pecker’s company soon paid $150,000 to the model, Karen McDougal, to keep her from speaking publicly about it. Mr. Trump later thanked Mr. Pecker for the assistance.

The Trump Tower meeting and its aftermath are among several previously unreported instances in which Mr. Trump intervened directly to suppress stories about his alleged sexual encounters with women, according to interviews with three dozen people who have direct knowledge of the events or who have been briefed on them, as well as court papers, corporate records and other documents.

Taken together, the accounts refute a two-year pattern of denials by Mr. Trump, his legal team and his advisers that he was involved in payoffs to Ms. McDougal and a former adult-film star. They also raise the possibility that the president of the United States violated federal campaign-finance laws.

The Wall Street Journal found that Mr. Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements. He directed deals in phone calls and meetings with his self-described fixer, Michael Cohen, and others. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan has gathered evidence of Mr. Trump’s participation in the transactions.

Of course, nothing about this should be surprising to any of us, but with the House Democrats now having subpoena power I have a feeling that we are going to learn a lot more about these payoffs, and may even see an indictment or two. 

By the way, this article goes into great detail about exactly how some of these payments were cobbled together in order to keep them from being traced back to Trump, and it sounds like the paper got input from a number of folks that were in the room. 

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  1. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Dumbshit Donny is on another rant this morning threatening California with cutting off funding to fight fires if we don’t clear the forests. Evidently Mr Brain has no just how much forest land we have just in CA. His rant is akin to being pissed off so many people are dying in mass killings and making him look bad. First off Donny, according to your base, CA. fires are gods will because we accept homosexuality, so which is it? Second, the Malibu/Thousand Oaks fires are not in treed forest, but rather chaparal and native plants. If you get rid of that, what the fuck is going to hold the mud back from sliding down the hills when it rains? Third. Two words: CLIMATE CHANGE!!!!

    • Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply

      SO sick of his dumbfuckery. No one is making him look bad but himself.

      • Anon November 10, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

        Bill Moyer told USa> “the Pirate”
        Moyer “The logic of this politics requires ultimately that the monster turn on its maker. It would be hard to devise a more spectacular conflict than this high-functioning creature of American schizophrenia versus the very system that brought him to power.”
        Fantasy Industrial Complex, the FIC. with the Fantasy Industrial Complex saturating our lives it’s harder than ever for us to see and understand the world as it actually is. Facts, lies, fantasy, reality — it’s all the same to the maestro of our mighty Fantasy Industrial Complex.
        Where does one begin and the other end?
        American imagination has been stunted the last 40 years by a very aggressive sales program on behalf of free-market fundamentalism and hard-core capitalism. So part of the revolution, a good part, has to happen up here, where we think and imagine.

        BEN FOUNTAIN: He’s a creature of our electoral system and our politics. And by every indication so far, he certainly seems capable, certainly willing to do extreme damage to our constitutional system in order to stay in power.
        Obviously if Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation is allowed to continue to its rightful end — if we learn Trump broke the law or there was collusion or some kind of conspiracy with foreign elements to influence the election — will he bow to the law or will he use all the power at his disposal to defy the law? And that’s the very essence of our constitutional system.
        Congress isn’t even doing its basic job of routine oversight at this point. And if a criminal case arises from all this, and comes before the Supreme Court, will the Supreme Court rule according to the law or to partisan politics?
        Powerful voices are setting the historical record straight, making clear the degree to which American prosperity has rested on the backs of people of color, and at their expense. Uncomfortable truths are being presented to mainstream white America, and that’s bound to present a challenge to some people’s identity and sense of personal integrity.
        What’s incredible is that this “consummate New York asshole” became the hero of the heartland. Southerners, Midwesterners, rural Westerners, they felt something genuine in Trump.

        MOYERS: And the crowd roars back — in your words — “like Romans watching lions sink their teeth into Christian flesh.”
        You say this may be the most powerful medicine in politics, the leader who delivers a man to his natural self. {aka $hiTgibbon}

        https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/10/12/bold-bravery-beautiful-country-burn-again

  2. PorT$ November 10, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/ex-federal-prosecutor-reveals-trump-can-charged-accessory-fact-putins-election-meddling/

    “I checked the elements of a CRIMEa called accessory after the FACT.”
    “We saw the CRIMEa of accessory after the FACT be committed when he made those announcements in Helsinki,”

  3. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/feds-now-have-evidence-trump-broke-the-law-to-become-president-will-whitaker-bury-it?ref=home

    “Recall that when Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court, he stated under oath that he had made the payments “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office”—many assumed that that candidate was Trump, of course. We now know from the Journal that the person who directed Cohen in this criminal scheme was, indeed, Donald Trump. The charging document to which Cohen pled guilty states that he “coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments.” The Journal reports that “[t]he unnamed campaign member or members referred to Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the document.”

    “on its own, ~IT~ establishes Trump’s direct involvement with and direction of the hush money payment: precisely as Cohen stated when he pled guilty and goes to the heart of the question of Trump’s intent, namely, did he know and intend that these hush money payments would benefit his campaign for president?

    ” the SDNY could share the evidence it has, pursuant to a court order, with a state prosecuting authority, such as the New York Attorney General’s Office which is not necessarily limited in its ability to charge a sitting president, assuming there are parallel state crimes.

    In 2017, Whitaker wrote an opinion piece for CNN that if Mueller’s office “were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt.” Will the fact that this investigation is now in the hands of the SDNY and not Mueller change that conclusion for Whitaker? It should.

    Whitaker’s unusually partisan past and his statements hostile to any criminal investigation of Trump, the American public and Congress need to ensure that any evidence that the SDNY possesses of Trump’s participation in an illegal campaign finance scheme to help get him elected does not get buried by political forces looking to protect him.”

  4. Anon November 10, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

    OT/@MichaelAvenatti
    1/2 – We are investigating an alleged assault on a gay latino immigrant committed by T. Carlson and/or members of his inner circle at a club in VA in Oct. It likely includes underage drinking in violation of VA law. Link to a portion of the incident:
    https://youtu.be/xzP5zWzSqXs

    2/2 – We are attempting to locate additional witnesses and to identify those depicted in the video. In particular, we need assistance identifying the balding man that grabs the man seated at the bar. We anticipate charges being filed. Anyone with knowledge, pls contact us.

    + This tOO on CNN:
    “Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, tells @WolfBlitzer that President Trump
    “should be indicted immediately” following new details about Trump’s role in directing payments to women to keep quiet about alleged affairs.”

  5. Anonymous November 11, 2018 at 1:04 am - Reply

    That emoluments lawsuit is still active and moving forward. My money is on that one. If it doesn’t take him down then at least force him to sell the hotel.

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