Last night we learned that National Enquirer boss David Pecker had given prosecutors incriminating evidence and testimony against Michael Cohen and Donald Trump. Palmer Report explained that while Pecker was a big Trump fan, he was clearly seeking to avoid criminal prosecution. Sure enough, this morning we learned that Pecker has cut an immunity deal against Trump. Now everything comes out.
Think about what prompted this deal to begin with. Donald Trump didn’t want his mistress Karen McDougal telling her story during the election, so he and Michael Cohen illegally arranged for David Pecker and the National Enquirer to buy the exclusive rights to the story and then sit on it. Does anyone really think this is the only time that the Enquirer caught and killed a scandalous story about Trump? Pecker has to live up to his end of the immunity deal, meaning he has to give up everything. Also, it appears there may be tapes.
It’s not just Pecker who is cooperating; at least one National Enquirer executive is also working with the Feds. Here’s a golden nugget buried in the tenth paragraph of a New York Times article today: “Dylan Howard, the company’s chief content officer, who is also said to be cooperating, was known to have a recording device in his office, according to people familiar with his operations.”
David Pecker’s immunity deal gives the Feds (including Robert Mueller, who has automatic access to all SDNY evidence) a powerful one-two punch. First there’s Pecker and the National Enquirer exposing all the various Donald Trump scandals that they tried to bury. Then there’s Michael Cohen confirming that Trump was involved in the burying of these scandals. This train wreck is just getting started. Update: shortly after we published this article, the AP reported that Pecker has an entire safe of dirt on Trump.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report