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David Pecker Speaks Out About The National Enquirer

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David Pecker Speaks Out About The National Enquirer

NEW YORK — Former media executive David Pecker retook the witness stand on the sixth day of Donald Trump’s Recent York hush money trial to testify about how he used the National Enquirer to advertise Trump’s 2016 campaign interests, including planting negative stories about his opponents and stifling a story about an alleged love-child of Trump’s.

Pecker was a part of a “catch-and-kill” conspiracy with Trump to quash stories that might hurt Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, in line with prosecutors.

Tuesday’s proceedings began with arguments over whether the previous president must be held in contempt for allegedly violating a gag order. Prosecutors say Trump has violated that order at the least 10 times and the judge shouldn’t only advantageous the presumptive Republican presidential nominee but additionally warn him he could get jail time if things don’t change. Even on Monday, Trump again attacked potential witness Michael Cohen outside the courtroom, saying Cohen “got caught lying, pure lying” in a previous trial.

Sustain with USA TODAY’s live updates from inside and outdoors the Manhattan courtroom:

Trump complains gag order silences him but not others

After Donald Trump thundered against his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, before court Tuesday, the previous president left after the trial adjourned for the day without mentioning Cohen by name due to a gag order to not comment on potential witnesses. “The case is a sham,” Trump told reporters within the hallway outside the courtroom. “Now we have a gag order, which to me is completely unconstitutional. I’m not allowed to speak, but people can speak about me. They will speak about me, they’ll say whatever they need, they’ll lie, but I’m not allowed to say anything.”

Cohen, who is predicted to testify about paying $130,000 to silence porn actress Stormy Daniels for Trump, called Trump a profanity in a social media post and said “nobody is above the law.”

Judge Juan Merchan ordered Trump to not comment on potential witnesses corresponding to Cohen.

Prosecutors urged him Tuesday to advantageous Trump $1,000 for every of at the least 10 violations thus far, but Merchan didn’t rule immediately.

Judge ends Tuesday proceedings

Judge Juan Merchan ended Tuesday proceedings, and Trump exited the courtroom at 2:02 p.m. ET. Trump allegedly said, ‘Anytime you do anything like this, it at all times gets out’

Pecker testified that he advisable Trump buy McDougal’s story and Trump responded: “I do not buy any stories.” Trump added: “Anytime you do anything like this, it at all times gets out.” Pecker still advisable keeping the story from getting out. Trump said he desired to give it some thought and he would have Cohen call Pecker.

Cohen allegedly asked for non-traceable communication as McDougal story arose

Pecker testified that he was talking to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen ceaselessly across the first week of June in 2016, which was around when Karen McDougal’s story got here up. While previously they spoke “probably” a pair times every week, they were now speaking almost day by day, sometimes a few times a day. Cohen suggested that he and Pecker communicate over Signal, a communication application. Cohen said nobody would have the option to trace it or listen in, and the conversation can be destroyed after the decision, in line with Pecker. Pecker added he doesn’t know if that is true. Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story being discussed

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass is now asking David Pecker about former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story. McDougal alleged that she had an affair with Trump that overlapped with Melania Trump’s pregnancy. Trump denies the claim.

Sajudin only released from exclusivity agreement after election

Pecker said he told then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen that Trump Tower doorman Dino Sajudin’s story of an alleged Trump love-child wasn’t true and Sajudin was difficult to take care of. Pecker suggested releasing Sajudin from the agreement to maintain his story exclusive, adding that keeping Sajudin locked in would cause more problems. Cohen said to not release Sajudin until after the November 2016 election. Sajudin was released in December.

Biggest story ‘because the death of Elvis Presley’

Pecker said Trump Tower doorman Dino Sajudin’s story of a Trump love-child would have been the largest National Enquirer story “because the death of Elvis Presley.” He said if the story turned out to be true, he would have published it after the 2016 presidential election. “That was the conversation I had with Michael Cohen, and that is what we agreed to,” Pecker said.

Nevertheless, in investigating the story, Pecker’s team concluded the story was completely unfaithful. He said he still paid $30,000 to maintain it from getting out through one other media outlet and hurting the Trump campaign. ‘The boss might be more than happy’: Pecker says he agreed to purchase love-child story

Pecker said he called then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen and said they needed to maneuver forward with getting Trump Tower doorman Dino Sajudin’s story and had a negotiated price for the story of $30,000. Pecker said he would pay for it, and Cohen thanked him, adding, “The boss might be more than happy.” Donald Trump was “the boss,” Pecker confirmed.

Cohen later spoke to Pecker and said Trump would take a DNA test and the story of a love child between them is “absolutely not possible.” Pecker said that would not be mandatory, and that his team would vet the story.

Prosecutor asks about Trump Tower doorman’s widely questioned story on Trump love child

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass asked David Pecker who Dino Sajudin is. Pecker replied he was a doorman at Trump Tower who, Pecker heard, was selling a story about Trump allegedly fathering a baby with a maid. “I immediately called Michael Cohen,” Pecker said. Cohen replied that the story is “absolutely not true,” but said he would test it out, in line with Pecker. Sajudin’s story has been widely-questioned. Sajudin only claimed to have been told in regards to the child, and a Recent Yorker investigation “uncovered no evidence that Trump fathered the kid.” Trump has denied Sajudin’s story.

‘Nobody is above the law’: Cohen

Michael Cohen, the previous personal lawyer to Donald Trump, who is predicted to be a key witness within the trial, fired back Tuesday at the previous president’s criticism in social media posts and statements to reporters.

Cohen was imprisoned after pleading guilty to charges including lying to Congress a few Trump real estate project in Moscow and for a campaign violation for paying to silence porn actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. He is predicted to testify in regards to the payment to Daniels.

Trump has been trashing Cohen as a liar and a poor lawyer before he was disbarred. But Cohen said Tuesday in a press release he learned about his own strength during 51 days in solitary confinement. “Strong enough to make sure that truth will prevail over Donald and his acolytes’ incessant lying and denigration of me; within the court hallways or his UNtruth Social platform,” Cohen said. “Regardless. nobody is above the law.”

Pecker re-takes the witness stand

David Pecker re-took the witness stand at 12:51 p.m. ET. The judge and the legal teams are already back within the courtroom. We’re waiting for the jury

Who’s Emil Bove?

Emil Bove is considered one of Trump’s criminal defense lawyers, together with Todd Blanche and Susan Necheles. Politico reported he joined the cohort in September 2023.

Bove is a former federal prosecutor on the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Recent York.

“Emil is an authority in white-collar and CIPA-related litigation, and his trial skills are amongst the most effective within the business,” Blanche said in a press release provided to Politico.

Judge declares a brief break

Judge Juan Merchan declared a brief break at about 12:40 p.m. ET. Court is scheduled to finish early at 2 p.m. ET today, in light of the Passover holiday, and is running through lunch.

Judge excuses jurors for ‘short break’ after Steve Bannon raised in court proceedings

Trump defense lawyer Emil Bove objected because the prosecution was asking David Pecker about Steve Bannon’s involvement. The legal teams had a personal conversation on the judge’s bench before the judge excused the jurors for a brief break while others remain within the courtroom.

‘TED CRUZ SEX SCANDAL – 5 SECRET MISTRESSES’ – examples shown of allegedly planted stories

The prosecution has shown stories about Ben Carson and Ted Cruz on screens contained in the courtroom. Pecker confirmed the articles were run in accordance with the agreement he says he reached with Donald Trump and Michael Cohen in Trump Tower to assist the Trump campaign.

One story headline shown to the jury, which appeared to have been posted on March 30, 2016, said: “TED CRUZ SEX SCANDAL – 5 SECRET MISTRESSES.” The story had a subheading stating: “The romps which might be rocking his presidential campaign!”

Pecker believed Cohen was calling on behalf of Trump

Pecker testified that, when Cohen would call Pecker and say, “We would really like” for a negative story on a Trump opponent, Pecker understood Cohen to be calling on behalf of Trump.

How Cohen would plant negative stories on Trump opponents: Pecker

Michael Cohen would call David Pecker and say, “We would really like” so that you can run a negative article on a certain political opponent, Pecker testified. Then Cohen would send Pecker details about…

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