The feds also revealed Wednesday that the owners of the National Enquirer have provided “substantial and important assistance” to them in their investigations.
With the effective burial of the American Media Inc publication’s so-called “catch and kill” strategy to bury stores that could have adversely affected Trump, the company and CEO David Pecker were granted freedom criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for their role in paying Playboy model Karen McDougal off with $150,000 before the 2016 election.
“AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election,” the U.S. Attorney’s office added announcing the non-prosecution agreement (read it here) and further circling the wagons around Trump.
Clearly, coming off the potential political fatality of the explicit Access Hollywood tape in the final weeks before Trump’s race against Hilary Clinton two years ago, the GOP candidate sought to squash any more tales of sexual impropriety. That’s where long time pal Pecker came in handy, in more ways than one
Yet, some ways today’s announcement is not much of a shock.
AMI and Pecker were given immunity in the late August by the feds in their probe of the payouts and cover-up. That also included hush-money to porn star Stormy Daniels, who had an affair with the real estate developer several years ago and has been legally wrangling with him the past few months.
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