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Friday, November 09, 2018

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.

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When Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty that month to campaign-finance violations, prosecutors filed a 22-page charging document asserting that Mr. Cohen "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 unnamed campaign member or members referred to Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the document.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-09 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Media executive David ------ met with Trump multiple times to discuss using the National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of women he allegedly slept with, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The publication said it spoke to three dozen people with direct knowledge of the payments.

The U.S. Attorneys Office in Manhattan now has evidence of Trump's role in the hush payments, according to the WSJ. He previously denied having knowledge about the payments. www.huffingtonpost.com

I think it's going to be almost impossible for Matt Whitaker to do anything as it regards stopping the DOJ's multi-pronged investigations into Donald Trump, including his financial dealings, without exposing himself to felony obstruction charges by doing so. The people making these cases are law enforcement personnel, not Democratic Party operatives, and it appears that they are doing their jobs strictly driven by the evidence of criminality that they've uncovered and in many cases presented to grand juries.

Even if a clued-in Whitaker reports back to the White House, his message may be one saying "You are so screwed and there's not a damn thing I can do about it without getting thrown in jail too."

One can only hope if this indeed is supported by evidence and proven in court or plead to by those indicted for such crimes.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-11-09 02:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is gonna get dirt nasty.

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-11-09 02:18 PM | Reply

"according to interviews with three dozen people who have direct knowledge of the events"

All of them horrible, horrible liars and horrible, horrible people.
~DJT

I should know, that's why I hired them.
~DJT

#4 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-09 02:22 PM | Reply

I'm still struggling with why I'm supposed to give a crap about this.

#5 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-11-09 03:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"I'm still struggling with why I'm supposed to give a crap about this."

Pretend it was Hillary Clinton who violated federal campaign laws.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-09 03:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Donny Dealmaker spent over 150K to Roger a "Horse Face"

What did you get for your rogering, mustystang?

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-11-09 03:41 PM | Reply

Trampy wasted his money and broke the law for nothing. His cultists don't care how slimy he is.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2018-11-09 08:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"longtime friend, David ------"

Nuff said.

#9 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-11-09 08:51 PM | Reply

File this under -DUH.

Also file under - Things repubs would freak out over if his last name was clinton, but it's trump, so they think it's totally fine.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-11-09 10:04 PM | Reply

The people making these cases are law enforcement personnel, not Democratic Party operatives

Oh just give Sean Hannity time.

A few days after that JeffJ et al will be here spewing the same crap.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-09 10:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Do you think it a ------ leak that created this situation?

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-11-09 10:22 PM | Reply

"I'm still struggling with why I'm supposed to give a crap about this."

You're not.
You're a right-winger, and this is a thread about a right-winger behaving illegally.
You've never once cared about that in your life, so noone's expecting you to start now.

Good talk, son.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-09 10:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It would be the most American footnote in American history if the National Enquirer gets a Pulitzer Prize out of all this.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-09 11:03 PM | Reply

SNOOFY

"It would be the most American footnote in American history if the National Enquirer gets a Pulitzer Prize out of all this."

Actually, Mr. P-c-k-e-r did cough up the information quite willingly, if I remember correctly, no doubt to ingratiate himself with the investigators as a "cooperating witness." His long standing friendship with Trump did not extend to throwing himself under the bus. He talked ... and talked ... and talked.

As for a Pulitzer Prize . . . I don't recall any outstanding journalism bring involved in Trump's hush money scheme. A Pulitzer Prize for the National Inquirer would be akin to giving Michael Cohen a "Lawyer of the Year" award.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-11-10 01:40 AM | Reply

The situation is quite f***ed up. We have a corrupt President who has unconstitutionally appointed someone he claims not to know though we have clear proof he does know to be AG in violation of the Constitution who is willing to do anything and everything to prevent evidence, subpoenas, charges from being filed against that same corrupt President or his cronies. We are in a situation anticipated by the founders and is the reason that "advise and consent of the Senate" was invented; to prevent a self-serving President from using the Justice Dept. to cover up his own illegalities. You can quote laws that you think gives him the power to appoint Whitaker as "acting AG" but you can't negate the simple words in the Constitution that require him to appoint someone who has faced "advise and consent" in the Senate. Rob Rosenstein, constitutionally, should be "acting AG" right now but that would not allow Trump to cover up all of the crimes he and his crime family have committed.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-10 03:23 AM | Reply

"I don't recall any outstanding journalism bring involved in Trump's hush money scheme. "

National Enquirer bought stories from hookers Trump paid off and spiked them.

They could publish them.

It would make them a lot of money.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-10 05:08 AM | Reply

SNOOFY

"National Enquirer bought stories from hookers Trump paid off and spiked them.
They could publish them."

They could but it wouldn't be news anymore or Pulitzer Prize worthy, thus the stories have no shock value.

Now, if they had fool proof evidence of Trump hanging naked upside down from chains with his ----- stained tighty whiteies tied in a knot around his head and being whipped by a female repitillian ----------, I'd say they have a winner ... but only if they find her spaceship parked on the south lawn.

Otherwise, Trump woud just call it fake news.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-11-10 06:39 AM | Reply

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