David Pecker — the CEO of American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer — was reportedly granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump in an investigation into hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal during the 2016 presidential campaign,
Unidentified sources told The Wall Street Journal that Pecker told prosecutors details about the payments ($130,000 to Daniels and $150,000 to McDougal) and Trump’s knowledge of the payments.
Pecker, who is a a longtime friend of Trump, won’t be criminally charged for his participation in the hush money deals, the sources said.
Pecker and American Media didn’t respond to requests for comment.
During his guilty-plea hearing, Cohen said he broke federal laws on campaign contributions by coordinating payments to the two women at the “direction” of a candidate running for federal office, meaning Trump.
Trump told Fox News that he did not know about the payments until “later.”