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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 01:39 PM

Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal

Source: Wall Street Journal

As a presidential candidate in August 2015, Donald Trump huddled with a longtime friend, media executive David Pecker, in his cluttered 26th floor Trump Tower office and made a request.

What can you do to help my campaign? he asked, according to people familiar with the meeting.

Mr. Pecker, chief executive of American Media Inc., offered to use his National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of women if they tried to publicize alleged sexual encounters with Mr. Trump.

Less than a year later, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Pecker to quash the story of a former Playboy model who said they'd had an affair. Mr. Pecker's company soon paid $150,000 to the model, Karen McDougal, to keep her from speaking publicly about it. Mr. Trump later thanked Mr. Pecker for the assistance.

The Trump Tower meeting and its aftermath are among several previously unreported instances in which Mr. Trump intervened directly to suppress stories about his alleged sexual encounters with women, according to interviews with three dozen people who have direct knowledge of the events or who have been briefed on them, as well as court papers, corporate records and other documents.


Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-played-central-role-in-hush-payoffs-to-stormy-daniels-and-karen-mcdougal-1541786601



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Reply Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal (Original post)
Julian Englis Friday OP
Achilleaze Friday #1
leftieNanner Friday #3
Achilleaze Friday #9
leftieNanner Friday #10
PeeJ52 Friday #2
karynnj Friday #6
green917 Friday #21
turbinetree Friday #4
Ohiogal Friday #5
louis c Friday #7
Julian Englis Friday #8
joshcryer Friday #11
watoos Friday #12
joshcryer Friday #13
cstanleytech Friday #14
DeminPennswoods Friday #15
cstanleytech Friday #16
DeminPennswoods Friday #17
cstanleytech Friday #18
DeminPennswoods Friday #24
FakeNoose Friday #19
Catherine Vincent Friday #20
riversedge Friday #23
zonkers Friday #22
question everything Saturday #25
duforsure Saturday #26
Julian Englis Saturday #27

Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 01:43 PM

1. No wonder Dirty Donny* (R) hightailed it out of town

His lies and assorted skuzz are bubbling to the surface of the republican moral cesspool again.


* aka republican Draft-Dodger-in-Chief

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 01:56 PM

3. Where did he go?

I saw some of the lunacy on the WH lawn on his way to the chopper.

Can AF1 drop him off in Moscow and leave him there?

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:12 PM

9. Eur Up

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:17 PM

10. YESSS!

Oh Mr. Mueller?? May we have some indictments now please? Especially while AF1 is in the air?

Thanks in advance.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 01:48 PM

2. So those payments were...

unreported campaign contributions?

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:03 PM

6. I would read it that way - "what can you do for my campaign?" - pay off women

One question might be who was the source for that dialogue? If it was just the two of them in the room, is Pecker talking?

PS I never thought a President would be BFF with the owner of the National Inquirer.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:44 PM

21. Probably

Packer is a cooperating witness for the SDNY investigation into michael cohen (who is also a cooperating witness).

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 01:58 PM

4. So with a "NEW" Majority in the HOUSE of the PEOPLE

do you think by some strong chance that someone from his campaign will have to explain how they did this..................in violation of the campaign finance laws, which were after all written by a Congress of the People to bar this kind of crap...........................


November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough.....................

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:02 PM

5. This doesn't surprise me at all

knowing that Donny's character is lower than pond scum and that he lies about everything.

Yet the Deplorables give him a pass on anything and everything.

I wonder how many abortions he's paid for.....

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:05 PM

7. Coincidence?

The Wall Street Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch, had this story before the mid-terms and publishes after the election.

Assholes

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:08 PM

8. Avenatti already is calling for tRump's indictment in a NY Times OpEd piece!



In light of the sworn testimony and evidence relating to the payment to my client and Trump’s involvement (confirming our allegations), we are calling for the immediate indictment of the president. No one is above the law in the United States.


His NYT OpEd piece: Michael Avenatti: The Case for Indicting the President
Sol Wachtler, a former chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, once famously remarked that grand juries were so easily swayed that they would “indict a ham sandwich” if a prosecutor requested it. Many times, there is truth to this. But an indictment does not end the process of determining guilt or innocence. It begins it.

Following indictment, criminal defendants can question the validity of the charges, the methods used to acquire the evidence and the evidence itself. They can seek to dismiss a criminal indictment and, if unsatisfied with the ruling, appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court.

The grand jury system has been employed in hundreds of thousands of cases involving all manner of crimes committed by all manner of people. All, that is, except one: the president.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:23 PM

11. This is actually an impeachable offense, but will the Senate vote to expell?

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:31 PM

12. Sorry, but you made me laugh,

lying about getting a consensual blow job was an impeachable offense.

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Response to watoos (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:42 PM

13. Well, anything is really, but this is actually illegal behavior.

Getting a BJ isn't illegal.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:05 PM

14. Isn't that considered an illegal in kind campaign donation? If so then can Trump be charged for

soliciting it?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:09 PM

15. If he didn't report as an "in kind" donation, that's illegal

afaik.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:12 PM

16. What about if Donald solicited it?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:23 PM

17. I'm not sure, tbh,

but I'm thinking, odd as it might sound, that asking for help isn't illegal. Think of it as the same as asking Pecker (that surname and this story still cracks me up) for a monetary donation. That's not illegal, but it has to be reported.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:28 PM

18. But wouldnt Donald be considered just as guilty in this case if he requested the help? I mean

you would think he would be equal responsibility for breaking the law.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 05:29 PM

24. I don't think the ask is illegal, but not reporting it as an "in kind"

campaign donation is.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:09 PM

19. Right - that's a key point

The payoffs themselves aren't illegal. It's the fact that campaign funds were used (illegally) or that the favor was an "in kind" donation to the campaign and it has to be reported, otherwise it's illegal. So Trump could have saved the whole thing by saying, "Oh yes I paid the woman with my own personal funds. And it's a private matter."

He didn't say that, and now here we are.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:40 PM

20. Isn't this old news? nt

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Response to Catherine Vincent (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:48 PM

23. Until now it was a he said, she said. Now, the WSJ clamins the Feds have Evidence of Trump direct

involvement.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:45 PM

22. Of course he did. How could the narcissist resist locker room complaining (bragging)

to other dudes that all these chicks I nailed have to be paid off. It's all about him and his supposed prowess.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 03:48 AM

26. Coming from the guy

Who claimed to be the law and order candidate was actively breaking federal laws right and left to get elected. He's a career criminal who has no intentions of going by the rule of law, because he wants to be above it, or he threatens people,and abuses his powers to find ways to hurt anyone who opposes him. We got a mobster in the White House now, an illegitimate one at that.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 04:30 PM

27. Should lead to impeachment or indictment. n/t

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