American Media, Inc. (AMI), the parent company of the National Enquirer, admitted to committing a felony campaign finance violation “in concert with” President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign (more video below).
AMI admitted to paying Trump’s alleged mistress Karen McDougal a $150,000 hush-money payment “in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election,” notes the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York also said: “AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.”
Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in jail, has admitted to paying off Trump’s other alleged mistress, Stormy Daniels, to help Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Thanks to AMI and Cohen, Trump appears to be on the wrong end of a two-pronged attack, with investigations being conducted by the Southern District of New York, as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office.
CNN’s Gloria Borger said that “everyone else but the president of the United States” recognizes that Trump is in deep trouble.”
Washington Post assistant editor David Swerdlick added:
The president and his supporters like to talk about the president being able to play three-dimensional chess. It is the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and the special counsel investigation that are playing three-dimensional chess.
Former federal prosecutor Danial Goldman told MSNBC that he would prosecute Trump “today” if Cohen cooperated fully:
He can go in and cooperate now. When you add up Cohen’s testimony as we know from what he said in court, the recording between Trump and Michael Cohen and now David Pecker and AMI’s cooperation, I would charge that case today.Fox News Andrew Napolitano also said that Trump was in serious legal trouble:
The felony is paying Michael Cohen to commit a felony. It’s pretty basic. You’re liable, criminally liable for the commission of that crime. That’s what the prosecutors told the federal judge.