National Enquirer Reportedly Sent Copies of Trump Stories to Michael Cohen Before Publication
The latest developments in the Michael Cohen case concern none other than the National Enquirer. Yesterday The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors subpoenaed the gossip publication’s records “related to its $150,000 payment to a former Playboy model for the rights to her story alleging an affair with Donald Trump.”
And now, The Washington Post is reporting Cohen received “digital copies” of stories the Enquirer was going to run on the President before they ran.
And yes, that apparently includes after his inauguration:
“Since Trump’s become president and even before, [Pecker] openly just has been willing to turn the magazine and the cover over to the Trump machine,” said one of the people with knowledge of the practice.
During the campaign, “if it was a story specifically about Trump, then it was sent over to Michael, and as long as there were no objections from him, the story could be published,” this person added.
Dylan Howard, chief content officer for American Media Inc., denied that Cohen and Trump “were told in advance, and copies were shared in advance, and that they had some sort of sway over who the magazine attacked on any given week.”
He also said, “We do not run or kill stories on the behest of politicians, even if they are the president of the United States.”
Much has been written about the relationship between Trump and AMI chief David Pecker. One WaPo source claims “Trump suggested stories to Pecker on a regular basis… and had access to certain pieces — including one about Hillary Clinton’s health.”
You can read the full report here.
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