National Enquirer Chief David Pecker Reportedly Turns on Trump, Granted Immunity By Feds

A new report indicates that David Pecker, chairman of American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer and longtime friend of President Donald Trump, is turning on the president by corroborating Michael Cohen‘s accounts in conversations with federal prosecutors.

The Wall Street Journal says Pecker has been granted immunity as he talks to investigators about what he knows of Cohen’s hush money schemes on Trump’s behalf ahead of the 2016 election. The report says Pecker has been cooperating with investigators for months since he and his company were subpoenaed around the same time when investigators raided Cohen’s offices.

Much of the information Pecker offered to investigators connects to his part in the efforts to suppress Trump’s alleged affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal. Previous reporting has described how the Enquirer bought the rights to McDougal’s story in 2016, but never released it because they supposedly wanted to protect Trump from the controversy it would’ve caused before the election.

Earlier this week, Cohen implicated Trump in campaign finance lawbreaking by saying that his old boss directed the McDougal arrangement, along with the payments to silence porn actress Stormy Daniels.

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