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Tabloid publisher testifies about helping Trump’s campaign in 2016

2024-04-25T00:42:37+00:00
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  • David Pecker testifies in the Trump trial.
  • The National Enquirer publisher’s shocking revelations.
  • It’s the second day of the historic trial.

David Pecker, a tabloid publisher testifying against Donald Trump, stated in a New York courtroom on Tuesday that he helped Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

This was part of an agreement that, according to the prosecution, was a criminal operation to influence the 2016 election.

The former U.S. president, is charged with falsifying records about payments to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and others.

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David Pecker testifies against Donald Trump

The payments were to prevent their alleged affair from coming to light, which would have jeopardized his path to the White House eight years ago.

According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Pecker used his role as publisher of The National Enquirer to contribute to the scheme.

This involved buying the publication rights of two other stories about extramarital affairs. One involved model Karen McDougal and the other was about an alleged illegitimate child of Trump’s.

The strategy is known as «catch and kill.»

Trump is said to have orchestrated this after the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to McDougal and $30,000 to the man who claimed to have the exclusive on Trump’s love child, according to Pecker.

«I made the decision to buy the story because of the potential embarrassment it had to the campaign and Mr. Trump,» Pecker testified.

Shortly before, the former tabloid publisher had explained that they also published stories that harmed Trump’s political rivals.

«I said what I would do is I would run or publish positive stories about Mr. Trump and I would publish negative stories about his opponents,» Pecker stated calmly.

David Pecker is the first witness to testify at the trial, and was called by the prosecution after opening statements were completed.

Prosecutors argued on Monday that this «conspiracy,» which involved Michael Cohen — Trump’s former lawyer — was forged during a meeting at Trump Tower in 2015.

According to Pecker, Trump was at that time «the most eligible bachelor and dated the most beautiful women.» The former president asked Cohen to schedule a three-way meeting to plot the catch and kill scheme.

«I received a call from Michael Cohen telling me that the boss wanted to see me (…) I thought it would help his campaign, but that I would benefit as well,» added David Pecker.

The National Enquirer publisher acknowledged that he also published sensational stories to undermine the aspirations of two conservative rivals of Trump — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

In addition, he said he used the tabloid’s influence to denigrate the image of then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

«I portrayed Hillary as an enabler in cases where Bill Clinton was seen as a womanizer,» he specified.

The prosecution then proceeded to ask Pecker about specific headlines from The National Enquirer.

This caused Trump, almost for the first time all morning, to change his impassive stance and approach the screen where the headlines were displayed.

Finally, Pecker also revealed that the former president introduced him to his former advisor Steve Bannon in 2016 because he believed they would «work very well together.»

Bannon was convicted in 2022 of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about his involvement in the assault on the Capitol.

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