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National Enquirer publisher helped expose Trump’s hush money payments

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Chairman and CEO of American Media David Pecker (left) and a New York Post columnist pose for a photo with playboy bunny Hiromi Oshima.
Chairman
and CEO of American Media David Pecker (left) and a New York Post
columnist pose for a photo with playboy bunny Hiromi
Oshima.

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  • David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer,
    provided prosecutors with information about secret hush money
    payments to women who alleged having affairs with Donald
    Trump. 
  • Prosecutors say Pecker helped Trump and his former
    lawyer Michael Cohen keep negative stories about Trump out of
    the media. 
  • Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes on
    Tuesday, including those related to the payments intended to
    silence the women before the 2016 presidential
    election. 

David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer, provided
federal prosecutors with information about secret hush money
payments President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael
Cohen made to women who say they had sexual relationships with
Trump.

Prosecutors say Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump’s and a public
supporter of his presidential bid, helped Cohen and Trump keep
negative stories about the president out of the media by paying
for stories and then never publishing them — a practice known as
“catch and kill,” the Wall Street Journal
reported on Wednesday

Cohen
pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court
to five
counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a
financial institution, and two counts related to campaign-finance
violations. Cohen said under oath that Trump directed him to
violate campaign-finance laws just before the 2016 presidential
election in order to boost his candidacy.

The latter two charges were in connection to a $150,000 payment
to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and a $130,000 payment to
porn actress Stormy Daniels to silence their stories of affairs
with Trump. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Pecker and
American Media Inc., the Enquirer’s parent company which
Pecker chairs, were involved in the secret payments made to both
women.

Pecker, AMI, and the Trump Organization were all subpoenaed as
part of the government’s investigation into the payments. 

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