David Pecker may be Donald Trump's longtime pal but he's not about to risk jail for the Mango Mussolini. Pecker and his company, AMI (National Enquirer), have cut a non-prosecution deal with Team Mueller, a development revealed shortly after Trump lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years for his own Trump sins.
National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. agreed to accept responsibility for its role in a $150,000 payment to silence a former Playboy Playmate about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump before the election.
Under a non-prosecution agreement, the company admitted its purpose was to suppress the woman’s story and prevent it from influencing the election. According to the cooperation agreement with AMI, Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen and another campaign official met with AMI Chairman David Pecker about the scheme around August 2015. That official’s involvement has not been previously reported.
“As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election,” the prosecutors wrote in a statement announcing the deal.Prosecutors have still not revealed the identity of the Trump campaign aide who accompanied Michael Cohen to meet with David Pecker to discuss how AMI could help bury negative stories about Trump during the campaign. It's been rumored that two other women "sold" their stories to Pecker's National Enquirer.
Curious, isn't it, that Trump's litany of woes seem to fall into just two categories: his pecker and/or the Russians.