While most of the commentary was sober and high-minded — others could not help but snicker at the news by unleashing a slew of jokes and puns. Trump secretly worries dirty Pecker may take down his presidency. Overheard at the WH: The Pecker got immunity — juvenile jokes involving contraceptives will commence. Karem BrianKarem August 23, The immunity suggests that Pecker is now officially working with prosecutors not just against Michael Cohen, but in the broader inquiry into Donald Trump.
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Instead of being about enemies in a distant war zone, however, the network described in the memo consisted of former aides to President Barack Obama. The memo is unsigned and undated, and Trump Administration officials familiar with it offered conflicting accounts of who authored it and whether it originated inside or outside the White House. The officials said that it was circulated within the National Security Council and other parts of the Trump White House in early They said the memo may have had additional pages. A National Security Council spokesperson declined to comment. Some of the same conspiracy theories expressed in the memo appear in internal documents from an Israeli private-intelligence firm that mounted a covert effort to collect damaging information about aides to President Obama who had advocated for the Iran deal. In May, , that firm, Black Cube , provided its operatives with instructions and other briefing materials that included the same ideas and names discussed in the memo. The Black Cube documents obtained by The New Yorker referred to Rhodes and Kahl, arguing that they were using allies in the media to undermine the Trump Administration.
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By Bob Fredericks. August 23, pm Updated August 23, pm. The Associated Press, meanwhile, reported that the Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on payoffs and other potentially damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Trump ahead of the election. The president has repeatedly denied hooking up with either woman, and after initially denying knowledge of the payoffs, he now says he learned of them only after they were made. The Enquirer endorsed Trump for president in , the first time it had ever officially backed a candidate. The company — which also publishes Us Weekly, Star magazine and Ok!
Pecker met with prosecutors to describe the involvement of Cohen and Trump in payoffs to women who alleged affairs in the past with the president, the Wall Street Journal reported. Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump, was initially subpoenaed by federal investigators four months ago. The Enquirer, the often lurid tabloid that reportedly played a key role in shielding Trump from negative stories, has become deeply embroiled in the legal storm engulfing the White House. Experts predicted on Thursday that it could have its press protections stripped away. The charges stemmed from hush money payments to the adult film actor Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, which were steered through the tabloid company, according to court documents emerging from the Cohen plea agreement. Samuel Freedman, a professor of journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, told the Guardian either of those claims clearly oversteps the role of the press and the protections to report freely that it is afforded under the US constitution. That presents a serious legal problem for AMI. Pecker regularly flew with Trump on his plane from New York to Florida. According to the Washington Post, the Enquirer routinely sent stories to Trump to review before publication.