Former National Enquirer Publisher David Pecker Testifies in Trump’s Manhattan Trial Over Hush Money Payments

Former National Enquirer Publisher David Pecker Testifies in Trump’s Manhattan Trial Over Hush Money Payments

Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker took the witness stand for the second day in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial. The trial revolves around allegations of covering up “hush money” payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels. Pecker’s testimony is expected to shed light on the inner workings of a scheme devised by Pecker, Trump, and his former lawyer Michael Cohen to suppress negative news during the 2016 presidential election.

Pecker’s testimony, scheduled to resume at 11 a.m., will likely delve into the details of the plan to purchase and bury damaging stories about Trump. Prosecutors have accused Pecker of orchestrating three “catch-and-kill schemes” on Trump’s behalf, including the $130,000 payment to Daniels and the $150,000 payment for Karen McDougal’s story, which was never published. Another alleged scheme involved a former doorman at Trump Tower, Dino Sajudin, who claimed to have knowledge of Trump fathering a child out of wedlock. However, prosecutors argue that the Enquirer never seriously investigated Sajudin’s story, which later turned out to be false.

During Monday’s opening statements, prosecutors emphasized that the hush money payments violated state election law and constituted an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election by concealing damaging information from voters. Trump, who faces 34 counts of falsifying business records, has pleaded not guilty. Each count carries a potential sentence of up to four years in prison.

The trial has also seen a hearing regarding whether Trump breached a court order that prohibits him from criticizing jurors and witnesses online. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office claims that Trump violated the “gag order” at least 10 times, including sharing a quote on his social media platform, Truth Social, that accused undercover liberal activists of lying to the judge to secure a place on the jury. Justice Juan Merchan, the trial judge, has expressed concerns about the privacy of the jury, which consists of everyday Manhattanites with varying opinions of Trump.

Trump’s lawyers argue that his social media posts do not violate the terms of the order. While he is allowed to criticize Merchan and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, he is prohibited from targeting their families.

As the trial unfolds, Trump continues to maintain his innocence and criticize the case against him. Outside the courtroom, he expressed frustration, stating, “This is a case in which you pay a lawyer and they call it a legal expense in the books. I got indicted for that.” Trump is required to attend every day of the trial in person.

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1 Response

  1. Great post! I found it really interesting that David Pecker, the former National Enquirer publisher, testified in Donald Trump’s criminal trial. I would love to know more about what he said during his testimony. Could you please expand on the specific points or ideas that Pecker discussed while on the witness stand?

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