In the non-prosecution agreement signed by American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, with federal prosecutors, the statement of agreed upon facts includes a meeting between AMI owner David Pecker, one of Trump’s close friends, Michael Cohen and a member of the Trump campaign. NBC News reports that said person was Trump himself.
Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August 2015 when his lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways Pecker could help counter negative stories about Trump’s relationships with women, NBC News has confirmed.
As part of a nonprosecution agreement disclosed Wednesday by federal prosecutors, American Media Inc., the Enquirer’s parent company, admitted that “Pecker offered to help deal with negative stories about that presidential candidate’s relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided.”The “statement of admitted facts” says that AMI admitted making a $150,000 payment “in concert with the campaign,” and says that Pecker, Cohen and “at least one other member of the campaign” were in the meeting. According to a person familiar with the matter, the “other member” was Trump.
The Wall Street Journal has also confirmed this. This basically means that if Trump is eventually charged on the campaign finance violation after he leaves office, he’s almost sure to be found guilty. He’s trying to maintain that he only paid out the money to Karen McDougal, funneled through the National Enquirer, to prevent embarrassment to his wife and children, but if he was in a meeting where they explicitly discussed how to kill stories that could hurt the campaign, that excuse is toast. Not that anyone really believes it anyway, of course.