David Pecker Testifies on Trump’s Involvement in Hush Money Trial

David Pecker Testifies on Trump’s Involvement in Hush Money Trial

Former National Enquirer publisher, David Pecker, took the stand for a second day at the Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday, providing crucial testimony in the hush money trial involving former President Donald Trump. Pecker, 72, revealed details about his longstanding relationship with Trump and his involvement in a series of “catch-and-kill” arrangements to protect Trump’s reputation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

During his testimony, Pecker stated that he had known Trump since 1999 and introduced him to his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, in 2007. Pecker described a meeting in 2015 where they discussed ways to support Trump’s campaign. They reached a “mutually beneficial” agreement, with Pecker offering to publish positive stories about Trump and negative stories about his opponents in the National Enquirer.

Pecker also testified that he anticipated women coming forward to sell their stories about Trump, as it was common during political campaigns. He mentioned a specific incident where he paid a Trump Tower doorman, Dino Sajudin, $30,000 for exclusive rights to a story about a secret love child Trump allegedly had with a maid. Pecker acknowledged that the story would have been damaging to the campaign if it had been made public.

Another arrangement involved Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who claimed to have had a year-long affair with Trump. Pecker recalled how Trump personally called him, expressing concern that McDougal’s story would eventually be revealed. Ultimately, they agreed to pay McDougal $150,000 to keep her story from being published. However, the Wall Street Journal had already reported on the alleged affair in November 2016.

During the trial, prosecutors also accused Trump of violating a gag order by publicly discussing potential witnesses and the jury. They requested that Trump be held in contempt and fined $10,000. Trump’s lawyer argued that his client was responding to attacks from Cohen and Stormy Daniels, another potential witness. The judge did not immediately rule on the matter.

Author: CrimeDoor

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