Friday, August 24, 2018

Peckergate: Another Trump Crony Takes A Legal Knee

Mod: Another day, yet another Trump crony goes running to Robert Mueller and cops a plea. The Marmalade Madman gets no loyalty either, even from those he thought were his besties. As we often note here on The Tattler, nobody ever keeps the secrets of a fool. Take a knee, Donald.

National Enquirer boss and longtime Trump friend David Pecker gets federal immunity in Michael Cohen case (CNBC link): The chairman of the company that publishes the National Enquirer was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of an investigation into President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, NBC News reported Thursday. The immunity deal was earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.

Details of the agreement were not immediately known. But the Journal reported earlier Thursday that American Media Inc. Chairman David Pecker had given prosecutors details about the president's knowledge of payments Cohen made to women alleging affairs with Trump.

The immunity deal could hold significant consequences for Trump, as Pecker could have as much damaging information about the president as anyone in Trump's orbit. He and Pecker have been friends since the 1990s, and have appeared to remain so after Trump became president — the media mogul even visited the White House last year, according to The New York Times.

Pecker has also reportedly used his media holdings to shield Trump when the president was a New York real estate developer and reality television star. Pecker's publications have defended Trump as a presidential candidate, as well, including a reported effort during the 2016 election to stifle ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal's allegations of an affair with Trump.

Trump has been a public advocate for Pecker, too. In 2013, he tweeted several times urging Time Magazine to hire Pecker as its top executive. "Nobody could bring [the magazine] back like David!" Trump wrote in one of the tweets.

Pecker was subpoenaed by federal investigators in April, as were his company and the Trump Organization. The Journal said the subpoenas were served at the same time the FBI raided Cohen's office and residences, seizing electronics, recordings and thousands of documents.

Though they only named Cohen explicitly, the Justice Department said Tuesday that the "chairman" of "a media company that owns, among other things, a popular tabloid magazine" put Cohen in touch with one of the women, who in October 2016 was paid $130,000 in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair.

That woman, porn star Stormy Daniels, is suing Trump and Cohen in California to void the hush-money agreement and speak freely about the alleged tryst.

National Enquirer hid damaging Trump stories in a safe (MarketWatch link): The National Enquirer kept documents relating to President Donald Trump’s hush money payments to women in a safe leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

The safe also contained documents from other “catch-and-kill” stories about celebrities and was revealed on Thursday as the tabloid’s parent company, American Media Inc., has received immunity by federal prosecutors, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The safe was removed from its location when a story about Trump’s hush money payment to Playboy playmate Karen McDougal was published in the Wall Street Journal in 2016, the AP said.

It was unclear where the safe — which could contain embarrassing information about Trump and others — was taken.

Sources exposed the information to the AP days after Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

One of the pleas alleged that Cohen, Trump, and the tabloid were involved in buying the silence of McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleged affairs with Trump.

Pecker flips on Trump in exchange for legal immunity, corroborates Cohen's accusations (Vanity Fair link): According to two sources briefed on the Cohen investigation, prosecutors granted immunity to David Pecker, chairman of The National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., and A.M.I.’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, so they would describe Trump’s involvement in Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Pecker’s cooperation on Wednesday night. (Pecker and Howard did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A spokesperson for the Southern District of New York declined to comment.)

Pecker’s apparent decision to corroborate Cohen’s account, and implicate Trump in a federal crime, is another vivid example of how isolated Trump is becoming as the walls close in and his former friends look for ways out.

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68 comments:

  1. Think of the irony. The Pussygrabber brought down by a Pecker.

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  2. Ohhhh I bet old Donnie Boy is very upset! The team wouldn’t simply grant immunity to someone without very good reason and collaboration. #thewallsareclosingin

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  3. Trump has been grabbing peckergates for years.

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  4. Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Spot The Differences
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dv8zJiggBs

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  5. The feds don't grant you immunity unless you are both dirty and useful. David Pecker didn't just bury negative stories about Trump. He also ran an endless barrage of hit pieces directed at Hillary Clinton, and now he's singing like a canary.

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  6. Oh, you mean Zipper-Gate Yeah I heard something about that! Who will be making a plea to his base to stay in office? There are just so many questions left unanswered these days this might be4 the right time for a polygraph exam to be carried out on 'trump' live on trump-TV.

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  7. Hey friends. A water update for real news. Quick facts.

    We have no water! We will never use local supplies again, and we rely on distant supplies that are shrinking forever. Prices will forever decrease and more importantly we will run out of water.

    There is no water left. Obviously this is true of the local water supply, who knows what will be of imported water.

    Is this not important???

    Please fact check this, if you doubt this.


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    1. I cut through Arcadia on my way home, saw a man in one of the new McMansions hosing off his driveway! Gag. I almost stopped to tell him to cease and desist, but of course didn't have any power figured what was the point. Came home to my dying trees and grassless lawn.

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    2. Arcadia is the Asian Emerald Isle Sierra Madre is a third world country.

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    3. Everything you assert about our water in incorrect.Not one true sentence in your comment.#1 we have water. #2 we are using local supplies and distant supplier are not shrinking forever.#3 prices will not forever decrease #5 we have water left.
      I use 11 units of water every 2 months for me and my family and my property if everyone used that amount or less we would not need to import water

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    4. Real news/fact check; Water supplies and evicting the current squatter in the White House are both important. We can multi-task here. 45* doesn't care about your water supplies. He's currently rolling back as many environmental protections as he can...

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  8. Donny wants to use the DOJ to settle personal political scores. How Putin of him.

    Trump Tells Jeff Sessions: Go After My Enemies
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-responds-jeff-sessions_us_5b7fdcf2e4b072951511fffd

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  9. Ironic factors aside, IMHO complete immunity is almost as much of a crime against society as the crimes herein already provable. Pecker is as wrong as trump, Cohen, rudy..et al. To allow him to skate is abominable, an injustice of great magnitude. He was a part of a well-played conspiracy against the United States. He was not "a minor player" of little consequence. Even if he is largely responsible for one of the most trashy garbage tabloids, he could have used his platform FOR ONCE to clean garbage NOT promote and protect it!

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    1. The National Enquirer has been pushing Russian state propaganda intended for a US audience for years. Yes, you're right. But the real prize is getting the loudmouth turncoat out of the White House. Whatever it takes.

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    2. I agree 7:09 and 7:15. My husband and I thought it was hilarious all of Trump's foibles when he was running, because he couldn't possibly win. Sigh! Now - whatever it takes to end our nightmare. Part of the nightmare that won't go away are all the Trump supporters. Many are not racists, many are not women haters, several are women, some are minorities. It will take our country years and years to heal from the damage this guy has done, and spineless Republican controlled Congress.

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  10. Sierra Madre has no water anymore. They don't make water like they used to anymore.

    So two options.

    1) Preserve and reduce our use for our children.

    2) Throw caution to the wind and screw the next generation. Or as local government wants it,spend our way out of a water deficit (i.e throw the losses onto our children as there is no way to engineer or lawyer our way out of a loss of water resources).

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    1. Can we first figure out who was responsible for this disaster? Is that forbidden knowledge?

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    2. Bruce Inman and every council member for the last 10 years.

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    3. The bond debt that financially crippled the water department to the tune of millions of dollars is the responsibility of some of the same people leading the move to demolish the Library.

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    4. Forensic audit! Find out who!
      Forensic audit! Find out who!
      Forensic audit! Find out who!

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    5. Please send us a list of topics you think we shouldn't be allowed to discuss.

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  11. Treason Trump Liar.

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  12. Good news for a change and it's about Sierra Madre, California now all that is needed is a fresh supply of clean drinking water that one does not have to pay a arm and a leg for? https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2017/10/04/after-nearly-100-years-sierra-madre-gets-all-full-time-fire-department/

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    1. We are paying a lot for a full time Fire Dept,just like water. We live in a desert Btw

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  13. From an article by David Remnick in The New Yorker, just about a year ago:
    "This is the inescapable fact: on November 9th, the United States elected a dishonest, inept, unbalanced, and immoral human being as its President and Commander-in-Chief."

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  14. 6:59 & 7:19am NO WATER? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
    no wonder we have a strong chlorine order coming from our facets, the water is not our own.
    Well, we all have deep pockets, we will just have to throw more money into the agency.
    We will have brand new water pipes for foreign water that we will pass along to our children.
    Our children can easily pay for all the new charges, it's not like a Prop 13 issue that so many say is not fair.
    The big water wasters continue to waste and are not held accountable, what's new about this?
    City Council will pass another bond and continue to raise rates not only for the new library but the newer water connections that will be needed.
    Oh well, we lead busy lives and don't have time to be involved with how the town is operated.

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    1. The water will run out. This city will become Bodie 2.0.

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    2. This is such an old issue. Where were you the last 4 times it came up?

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  15. 8:29am some how we barely survived the Obama years.
    The rift between GOP and DEMs has developed more over the years, urged by the fat cat politicians in order to keep their jobs.
    Neither side fights for what is good for America, it is all about ego and chaos,no Russian interference needed to jump start this insanity.

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    1. Barely survived? Sounds like u made some bad investments. I became a millionaire thanks to theobama stock market rally. Be sure turned around the horrible economy and wasteful fake wars of the corrupt bush administration. Same goons like Bolton advising trump now. Trump is the swamp.

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    2. What took you so long 10:49? ;)

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  16. John McCain is a Patriot, we will keep you in our thoughts as you continue to battle the brain cancer, now without medical interventions.
    True to his end, Senator John McCain, instead of opting out of Congress in May and allowing an election, has held onto his chair. It will be another two years before casting a vote for his seat will occur.

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    1. Umm, no. After he dies, if he doesn't resign first, the AZ governor can appoint a replacement.

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  17. The Loony Left would cheer for the dismantling of this Country.
    The Elites have wormed their way into all areas of education, press and politics.
    Never having solutions for change, only destruction and greed.

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    1. You have nothing to say.

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    2. That concludes the morning (evening) report from St Petersburg.

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    3. Tell us how you feel about the necessity of vaccines, 9:18.

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  18. If only trump had realeased his tax returns during the campaign like he promised....

    He would be in this stormy pecker pickle

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  19. They're all deserting TrumpAugust 24, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Allen Weisselberg, Longtime Trump Organization CFO, Is Granted Immunity in Cohen Probe

    Allen Weisselberg, President Trump’s longtime financial gatekeeper, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Michael Cohen in the criminal investigation into hush-money payments for two women during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Mr. Weisselberg was called to testify before a federal grand jury in the investigation earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.

    The decision by prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office to grant immunity to Mr. Weisselberg escalates the pressure on Mr. Trump, whom Mr. Weisselberg has served for decades as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. After Mr. Trump was elected, he handed control of his financial assets and business interests to his two adult sons and Mr. Weisselberg.
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    Mr. Weisselberg didn’t respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Mr. Trump, who on Thursday said so-called flipping “almost ought to be illegal,” declined to comment.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/allen-weisselberg-longtime-trump-organization-cfo-is-granted-immunity-by-federal-prosecutors-in-michael-cohen-investigation-1535121992

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    1. Walls are closing in.
      Just like Capone
      Just like Gotti

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    2. Time to get the Russian Mafia out of the White House and back in Trump Tower where it belongs.

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  20. Wouldn't care so much about the Washington D.C. drama if a Special Council would have been used on the DNC and Clinton drama as well.
    Why are the scales of Lady Liberty so unbalanced?

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    1. Why do you believe one has anything to do with the other? If some guy in Duarte is convicted of littering, does that means you need to be investigated as well? Out of fairness? You continue to make absolutely no sense.

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    2. When Justice is Partial:
      https://on.wsj.com/2PB759p

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    3. Pizzagate.
      Obama is a radical foreign Muslim
      Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
      Global warming is a Chinese hoax

      That’s unbalance for you

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    4. Clicking on that link was a waste of time. Same reporter hacks as on Fox. Where their number one guy Hannity’s personal lawyer is also Michael Cohen. Same corrupt swamp!

      Mueller is an expert at going after mob bosses. That’s what he’s doing. To great effect. Mueller is republican. Sessions is repub too. Six of temps guys now guilty. You should be proud they are draining he swamp!

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  21. 9:19am it is the Delta Smelt and your leader Nancy Pelosi that has caused this water shortage.
    Your Environmental protection agency restrictions have put minnows ahead of humans.

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    1. Minnows harming the environment. Humans are. We must protect preserve and conserve our resources. Your corporate interests don’t have to be all the time.

      Creep

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  22. 7:05am I'd like to tell Jeff Sessions to go jump in a lake! If we had one.
    We don't, we live in Sierra Madre and have dry wells.
    So then, go pound sand Jeff.

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    1. I think Jeff makes a good point. Trump should not be allowed to turn the DOJ into his personal vendetta police.

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    2. Why not, Obama did just that with the IRS!

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    3. Donald, is that you?
      Or is it your alter ego me Denison?

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  23. Oh foolish child, the guy in Duarte did not toss his garbage until you dumped a load on him, out of fairness you said, my dumpster is full.

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    1. Your dumpster is full of what?

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    2. The same stuff his posts are full of

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  24. Mueller isn’t prosecuting Cohen and mueller didn’t give immunity to Pecker. You can’t get even the basic facts right. Cohen is being prosecuted by a separate set of prosecutors and it has nothing to do with mueller.

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  25. And paying off a porn star with your own money who is blackmailing you when you are protecting a brand worth a billion dollars isn’t a crime. It’s completely legal. Even the former chairman of the federal election commission said it isn’t a campaign donation or expenditure in trumps case. So how is it a “crime”. The other day someone pled
    Guilty to bribing the nyc mayor. The mayor has not and will not be charged because pleading guilty to a crime is evidence of nothing.

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    1. Aww, how sweet. Somebody is smoking the Rush crack.

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    2. Thank you for the mansplainimg 1:35. Keep wearing that red hat ya fool.

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    3. False. The court required and Cohen stated the facts behind his campaign violation crimes that were born of a conspiracy with Trump. And it was recorded!

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  26. It's taking some time but Justice will be served. Problem is the serving will be late enough to be called desert.

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  27. What does that smell like, resignation?

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  28. Trump is so crazy he might tell his followers to take up arms, you know the kind of talk like "grab you guns and meet you at town hall".

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    1. I wouldn’t doubt it. The right wing is so radicalized there was even a run on ammunition when Obama took office:

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008–13_United_States_ammunition_shortage

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  29. If everyone Trump owed money to showed up at the WH he may just leave the country.

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