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National Enquirer honcho David Pecker has met with New York prosecutors investigating Trump

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Tabloid king David Pecker has been talking with New York state prosecutors who are investigating President Donald Trump, CNN reported Monday.

“David Pecker, the head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, has spoken with prosecutors with the New York district attorney’s office as part of its investigation into the Trump Organization’s handling of hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump,” the network reported, citing “sources with knowledge of the meeting.”

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“The America Media Inc. chairman’s late October meeting with prosecutors from the major economic crimes bureau could provide key details on discussions that took place involving Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who allegedly had an affair with Trump, and agreements that were made with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen,” CNN reported. “Cohen is cooperating with the investigation. Pecker is expected to continue talking with prosecutors, sources said.”

President Trump lacks the ability to pardon people in the probe by state prosecutors.

“The meeting between Pecker and the local prosecutors shows that investigators are still trying to connect the dots between Trump and the hush money payments. The meeting could result in Pecker being a potential critical witness down the road in any legal action against Trump or the Trump Organization,” CNN reported. “Prosecutors are investigating whether any state laws were broken, such as whether the Trump Organization falsified any business records relating to the Daniels payment.”

Prosecutors are reportedly focused on the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

“AMI, the parent company of the Enquirer, came under fire after it was revealed the tabloid purchased the rights to negative stories about Trump before the election and buried them. Pecker and Trump’s relationship dates back years but prosecutors are focusing on the year leading up to the presidential election when the magazine publisher discussed how he could help the candidate,” CNN noted.

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Suspected ‘community transmission’ of coronavirus in third West Coast state: report

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Doctors in two more states reported suspected "community transmission" of coronavirus on Saturday.

The first reported case occurred in California. The second case in California was reported on Friday.

Then Oregon reported their first suspected coronavirus victim, an elementary school employee thought to be another case of community transmission.

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Americans who believe Trump’s spin on coronavirus will get ‘what they deserve’: former Ebola Czar

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President Donald Trump's credibility deficit is coming into play as Americans wonder whether to listen to his debunked claims or facts from medical experts on the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

Former U.S. Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain, who was known as the "Ebola Czar," was interviewed Friday evening by Ali Velshi on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

Klain said the administration was facing a "crisis of both confidence and competence."

"On the confidence side, anyone who believes what Donald Trump says kind of gets what they deserve at this stage of the game," he argued. "But the problem is, the administration has silenced the people we can trust."

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Maddow guest predicts one-third of Congress will catch coronavirus — and Capitol Hill will close

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC interviewed an expert on the spread of plagues and pestilences on Friday.

Maddow was joined by New York Times science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil, Jr. to discuss the latest on the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

The interview came after California reported a second suspected case of "community transmission" of the potentially-fatal virus and Oregon reported the third such case.

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