Remember, this is the guy that Michael Cohen worked with to payoff Playboy model Karen McDougal and kill her story.
He is also one of Trump’s oldest and dearest friends.
Courtesy of NBC News:
The chairman of the company that publishes the National Enquirer was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of an investigation into President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, NBC News reported Thursday.
The immunity deal was earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.
The Journal had reported earlier Thursday that American Media Inc. Chairman David Pecker gave prosecutors details about the president’s knowledge of payments Cohen made to women alleging affairs with Trump.
Prosecutors declined CNBC’s request for comment on the Journal’s report. A spokesman for American Media did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.
Details of the agreement were not immediately known. But the immunity deal could hold significant consequences for Trump, as Pecker could have as much damaging information about the president as anyone in Trump’s orbit.
And what is Pecker sharing?
Courtesy of Vanity Fair:
According to two sources briefed on the Cohen investigation, prosecutors granted immunity to David Pecker, chairman of The National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., and A.M.I.’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, so they would describe Trump’s involvement in Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign. The Wall Street Journal first reported Pecker’s cooperation on Wednesday night. (Pecker and Howard did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A spokesperson for the Southern District of New York declined to comment.)
Pecker’s apparent decision to corroborate Cohen’s account, and implicate Trump in a federal crime, is another vivid example of how isolated Trump is becoming as the walls close in and his former friends look for ways out. “Holy shit, I thought Pecker would be the last one to turn,” a Trump friend told me when I brought up the news. Trump and Pecker have been close for years. According to the Trump friend, Pecker regularly flew on Trump’s plane from New York to Florida. In July 2013, Trump tweeted that Pecker should become C.E.O. of Time magazine. “He’d make it exciting and win awards!”
Trump recently suggested that Cohen was making things up to save his own skin.
Is that the same excuse he is going to use to explain away the fact that David Pecker is corroborating Cohen’s story?
Boy, when the dominoes start to fall they really fall, don’t they?