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Wed Jun 7, 2023, 11:49 PM Jun 2023

Saudis killed Kashoggi after Kushner gave them classified info now they "own" the PGA [View all]

From Tiktok Cocacolakid:

People seem to ignore what Khashoggi was investigating when murdered. He was writing about Kushner allegedly turning over classified info to Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS); who then used that intelligence to hunt down, arrest and murder his opponents in Saudi Arabia. MBS has a financial relationship with Trump and AMI.



About AMI from Google/Slate:


https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/ami-national-enquirer-immunity-deal-david-pecker-trump.html

While the Enquirer’s standing as a news source would make the editors at almost any publication cringe, the Enquirer played a significant role supporting Trump’s political ambitions tearing flesh from bone every time his political opponent, Hillary Clinton, did something as innocuous as cough, or wear an expensive pant suit, or express her love for hot sauce during the 2016 election. For years, the Enquirer has been there for Trump.

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… an agreement between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and American Media Inc., AMI, the National Enquirer’s corporate parent, gives AMI immunity for its participation in a campaign finance violation, in exchange for cooperation in the ongoing investigation of that crime… AMI admitted that it paid former Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 to stop her from disclosing an alleged affair with Trump, out of concern her story would negatively affect chances of winning the White House. It appears the illegal arrangement was the brainchild of David Pecker, AMI CEO and a former confidant of the president.… The U.S. attorney’s move in this regard tells us a few things. First, Pecker and AMI must have already offered substantial cooperation. Next, the April raid on Cohen’s offices—said to have netted all forms of evidence, including surreptitious audio recordings—must have given federal investigators substantial evidence not just against Cohen, but also against AMI.

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Under ordinary circumstances, the media organization would have had a strong First Amendment defense in that choosing not to publish the Trump affair allegations was done for journalistic reasons. But AMI decided to cooperate. That would indicate that prosecutors had them dead to rights, or that it was afraid of what a fulsome investigation of AMI’s other dealings might produce. In AMI’s case … The Enquirer broke the story about … John Edwards’ alleged campaign finance violation / hush-money scheme, which led to his indictment, trial, and eventual acquittal based on the argument that Edwards was trying to protect his personal life and not his electoral prospects. Since Pecker and AMI broke a similar story, they would be hard-pressed to claim naiveté about the basics of campaign finance laws.

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The agreement identifies “at least one other member of the [Trump] campaign” who was present at the August 2015 meeting between Cohen and AMI officials when the seeds of the crime were planted. It has been reported that Trump was the other person, which would put him at the center of the conspiracy. If those reports are accurate, Pecker’s testimony, placing Trump at ground zero of the criminal scheme, would undo Trump’s defense that the hush money was not intended to influence the election.
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