After prosecutors reached a deal not to prosecute the National Enquirer regarding their catch and kill payment to Karen McDougal in order to ensure she didn’t publicize damaging information about her alleged affair while he was married to Melania Trump about “the candidate” before the 2016 election, Norm Eisen pointed out that it’s an agreement to provide cooperation in the future against the Trump Org, the campaign or Trump himself.
Ethics czar Norm Eisen pointed out, “’…it’s agreement to provide cooperation in the future.’ That means against the Trump Org, the campaign or the man himself. Prosecutors don’t just let offenders walk for fun—ya gotta go up the food chain to get a deal like this.”
Friends, here are the most important words: “…it’s agreement to provide cooperation in the future.” That means against the Trump Org, the campaign or the man himself. Prosecutors don’t just let offenders walk for fun—ya gotta go up the food chain to get a deal like this. https://t.co/orEvosoN4b
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) December 12, 2018
Of course, prosecutors have to be getting something good to let this media company off the hook, especially after they lied about this very issue.
In 2016, American Media (parent company to the National Enquirer) told the Wall Street Journal, “In a written statement, the company said it wasn’t buying Ms. McDougal’s story for $150,000, but rather two years’ worth of her fitness columns and magazine covers as well as exclusive life rights to any relationship she has had with a then-married man. “AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump,” the statement said.”
The WSj also pointed out the then Trump campaign spokeswoman said that Ms. McDougal’s claim of an affair with Mr. Trump was “totally untrue.”
Trump and the AMI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David J. Pecker are good friends, so not only is he likely to have helpful information for prosecutors, but this betrayal has to sting.
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