National Enquirer’s David Pecker Is Said to Get Immunity In Trump Inquiry

He is a key witness in the federal investigation into payments during the 2016 campaign to two women.

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David Pecker, chairman of American Media, is a long-time Trump friend. (Francois Durand/Getty Images)
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Federal prosecutors reached an immunity deal with David Pecker, the tabloid executive who is a key witness in their months-long investigation into payments during the 2016 campaign to two women who said they had sexual relations with Donald Trump, reports The New York Times. Pecker is the chairman of American Media Inc., the nation’s biggest tabloid news publisher, which was involved in the payments. Prosecutors have identified the payments as illegal contributions made in violation of campaign finance law, reports The Times. 

Pecker emerged as an important figure in the case that was built against Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer who pleaded guilty on Tuesday. It appears Pecker could have valuable information for the prosecutors. Pecker’s cooperation is another potential blow to the president from someone who was formerly very loyal. It is unclear, however, whether prosecutors granted Pecker immunity for his involvement in the illegal campaign contributions or simply agreed not to prosecute him based on the information he provided.

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