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Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:04 PM

BUSTED: National Enquirer admits it committed a felony 'in concert with' Trump's campaign

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American Media, Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer tabloid, admitted on Wednesday to committing a felony campaign finance violation “in concert with” Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

As announced by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, AMI admitted to making a $150,000 hush-money payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal “in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election.”

SDNY said that it has chosen not to prosecute AMI for the illegal campaign contribution at this point provided that the company continues cooperating with the investigation.

The office also acknowledged that AMI had provided “substantial and important assistance” with its investigation into the illegal campaign contribution.

The revelation that AMI has admitted to making an illegal payment to a former Trump mistress with the specific intent to swing the outcome of the election will undercut the president’s claims that paying off Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels was a simple business transaction.

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that AMI CEO David Pecker had been granted immunity by prosecutors in exchange for providing information about his company’s role in the hush-money payments.

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Reply BUSTED: National Enquirer admits it committed a felony 'in concert with' Trump's campaign (Original post)
ButSeeYa Dec 2018 OP
Achilleaze Dec 2018 #1
Arkansas Granny Dec 2018 #10
Drum Dec 2018 #2
Lochloosa Dec 2018 #3
0rganism Dec 2018 #14
Marcuse Dec 2018 #44
SWBTATTReg Dec 2018 #4
YessirAtsaFact Dec 2018 #8
LuckyLib Dec 2018 #21
YessirAtsaFact Dec 2018 #22
InAbLuEsTaTe Dec 2018 #26
HopeAgain Dec 2018 #5
Atticus Dec 2018 #38
thbobby Dec 2018 #6
Iliyah Dec 2018 #7
gratuitous Dec 2018 #27
SammyWinstonJack Dec 2018 #35
pecosbob Dec 2018 #9
superpatriotman Dec 2018 #11
Scurrilous Dec 2018 #12
pangaia Dec 2018 #13
LakeSuperiorView Dec 2018 #16
pangaia Dec 2018 #29
marylandblue Dec 2018 #17
pangaia Dec 2018 #31
marylandblue Dec 2018 #33
pangaia Dec 2018 #34
forkol Dec 2018 #32
DURHAM D Dec 2018 #15
StarryNite Dec 2018 #30
Sneederbunk Dec 2018 #18
George II Dec 2018 #19
Nitram Dec 2018 #20
lindysalsagal Dec 2018 #23
PWPippinesq Dec 2018 #24
workinclasszero Dec 2018 #25
MrScorpio Dec 2018 #28
amcgrath Dec 2018 #36
X_Digger Dec 2018 #43
Fritz Walter Dec 2018 #37
C Moon Dec 2018 #39
DesertRat Dec 2018 #40
TeamPooka Dec 2018 #41
central scrutinizer Dec 2018 #42
LiberalLovinLug Dec 2018 #45
DENVERPOPS Dec 2018 #46
LiberalLovinLug Dec 2018 #48
Achilleaze Dec 2018 #47

Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:06 PM

1. republican "ethics" and "morals" are formed of cesspool skuzz

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:19 PM

10. And those words should always be surrounded with quotation marks when referring to Republicans.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:07 PM

2. Wowza!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:08 PM

3. American Media, Inc.did not make this payment.

A person did!

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:39 PM

14. unfortunately, corporations are people too :(

in this case, providing legal cover for the assholios who used their corporation for criminal purposes

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Response to 0rganism (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 11:51 AM

44. But Senator, you've made a living buying, dismembering and selling off corporations.

It’s been illegal to do that to people for over 150 years.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:13 PM

4. Another felony...how surprising. nt

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:16 PM

8. I wonder if Individual 1 was involved?

How ironic that this info came from a guy named Pecker.

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Response to YessirAtsaFact (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:56 PM

21. Isn't that the best? You can't make this stuff up!

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Response to LuckyLib (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 03:00 PM

22. Maria Butina has a plea hearing tomorrow

That should add more fun to the mix for Donnie Boy.

I’m downright giddy.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 03:50 PM

26. Can't wait for the impeachment hearings to start!!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:14 PM

5. So how many times will Individual 1 be an unamed co-conspirator before something is done?

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Response to HopeAgain (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:28 PM

38. Sadly, "IOKIYAR" (It's OK If You're A Republican) is still a viable defense/excuse

in the US Congress. I love my country, but I'm ashamed of my government.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:15 PM

6. The dominoes continue to fall! nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:16 PM

7. The crimes are stacking up.

Resign shithole.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 03:56 PM

27. This is how it has to happen

Keep piling up the crimes so that the conclusion is irresistible, so compelling that even the most partisan Republicans have to concede that Trump must go. This is how it went with Watergate. For two years Nixon and his cronies tried to brazen it out, and in some circles appeared to have weathered all the storms. But finally, inexorably, as Peter Rodino was drawing up articles of impeachment in the House (including a count for obstruction of justice), Republican officeholders went to the White House to inform Nixon and Kissinger that the jig was up, and if impeachment proceedings went ahead, they weren't going to be able to save Nixon.

Within a week, Nixon went from stubborn defiance to flying back to the west coast.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:15 PM

35. He's hiding behind his fake title and the republiCON Congress, for now.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:17 PM

9. Another example of the way corporations can violate the law with no repurcussions

Chain them like the chicken-killing dogs they are.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:25 PM

11. In a post-truth world

Is a crime a crime anymore?

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:38 PM

12. K&R

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:39 PM

13. How could paying her off even be considered a campaign contribution?


I don't get it.

Wouldn;t a campaign contribution be going from her to the trump campaign?

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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:48 PM

16. AMI made a contribution to tRump's campaign by paying her off.

 

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Response to LakeSuperiorView (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:07 PM

29. Oh, get it.. thanks...

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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:49 PM

17. American Media used the money for a campaign purpose and coordinated with Trump

That is, by definition, a campaign contribution even if the money never went into a campaign account.

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:08 PM

31. Thanks... maybe I could get a campaign contribution for...... something...

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Response to pangaia (Reply #31)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:11 PM

33. Start up a PAC and I'll send you some dark money

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #33)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:15 PM

34. Deal.....

Send it to PANGAIA PAC c/o Pangaia, 174 W. Main St, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

No checks, cash only...
I'll send a receipt by return mail...

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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:11 PM

32. Another way I look at it...

If Trump were not a candidate, would he have even offered to pay her ANY money? I think
not.

So, he only needed to pay her because he was a candidate. And since it was done to advance his campaign, that's where they get it from.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:47 PM

15. Aren't all of the bogus/made up Hillary stories they ran every

week an illegal campaign contribution also?

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:08 PM

30. Good point!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:53 PM

18. Pecker waived.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:53 PM

19. I'm still amazed at the irony of trump's sexual escapades being covered up by a guy named Pecker.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 02:53 PM

20. He, heh. Heh, heh. His name is "Pecker." Heh, heh.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 03:01 PM

23. Nail 237 in 45's coffin. Motive is required to indict on the charge

Of campaign finance fraud.

Scotus can't unsee that. Mueller's office us probably at a bar somewhere, because this is a playing piece they needed but couldn't force. Beautiful.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 03:07 PM

24. Trump lost his Pecker . . .

. . . as soon as Pecker got immunity.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 03:37 PM

25. Pucker factor +100 for Individual 1

 

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 03:57 PM

28. Now, let's see all the GOPrs who got NRA/Butina money try to downplay this

The pattern is clear.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:21 PM

36. Action

In 1989 in the UK, 96 people were killed at a football stadium in Hillsborough.

A national newspaper -The Sun - printed lies about the event, to assist the police and the government with their lies and idiocy that had led to the deaths.

The fans who died were Liverpool supporters. Initially a campaign was started in Liverpool to boycott The Sun. Very quickly and through public pressure, that newspaper was first removed from news stands. Later it was banned from public buildings, libraries and even on city transit.

There is nothing to prevent a similar campaign against a publication that lies for politicians in the USA

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Response to amcgrath (Reply #36)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 07:52 PM

43. Actually, anything past the news stands wouldn't be constitutional here.

We have strong press protections, compared to the UK. (There's a reason so many libel cases are farmed out there.)

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:27 PM

37. Has anyone started a petition or other groundswell initiatives

...To persuade grocery stores to remove AMI’s rag from the racks at their check-out lines? In all my long years, I’ve seen one, maybe two customers actually purchase that — or any other — tabloid. Maybe I shop at better stores/locations/times than do their target audience.

It’s not enough to hide the lurid headlines and gruesome photos with a semi-transparent piece of plastic. REMOVE THEM!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:31 PM

39. If that had come out, we most likely wouldn't have this evil nut in our White House.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 04:51 PM

40. Donnie was fingered by a pecker?

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 05:06 PM

41. If Trump & Pecker directly discussed this (they were supposedly good friends) then Trump is in deep

trouble.
if Pecker directly testifies that Donnie knew and arranged it...
Look out.
Can't wait to hear trump call the National inquirer a rag though.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #41)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 06:58 PM

42. Well, fake news certainly applies

Unless Batboy really did father Hilary's secret love child, not Elvis

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 01:44 PM

45. This is yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge!

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #45)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 02:02 PM

46. Makes you wonder

Trump paying over 100K to women for a one night stand, sorta makes you wonder how much he is paying Melania...

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #46)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 02:15 PM

48. And I don't think Melania deserves any sympathy

She will live well for the rest of her life. I predict a divorce as soon as Donnie leaves office. But she has been a cheerleader, even if quieter, even if reluctantly at times, (like pretending to want to smile and walk with him) She married the orange Jabba for his money, and she has to live with the humiliation of what comes with the job.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 02:06 PM

47. republican sleazebags of a feather flock together

republican "ethics and morals" are right out of the reeking cesspool of WRONG.

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