Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump-loving National Enquirer officials knew they were committing ‘electoral fraud’ during frantic Stormy Daniels negotiations: report

Published

on

In an excerpt from their book “The Fixers: The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President,” authors Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld reveal executives at American Media’s National Enquirer were well aware that they were about to commit fraud as they were negotiating the price to “catch and kill” adult film star Stormy Daniels’ story of her affair with Donald Trump.

ADVERTISEMENT

The excerpt, published by the Daily Beast notes that Daniels’s agent, Gina Rodriguez, had been shopping the story around to various outlets, including “Good Morning, America” just prior to the 2016 election but was finding no takers. Until the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape was released.

“The media frenzy breathed oxygen into Daniels’s flagging efforts to sell the story of her own Trump tryst. Extramarital sex with a porn star, even one who’d slept with Trump willingly, would still damage his fading chances. Her agent, Gina Rodriguez, had already begun talks about Daniels with Good Morning America. They weren’t advanced, but they were a card Rodriguez could now play,” the authors wrote. “On Saturday, October 8, following the worst day of Trump’s campaign, Rodriguez, Dylan Howard, then the editor of American Media’s National Enquirer, and lawyer Keith Davidson began a series of conversations about Stormy Daniels that would last into the night. They realized her story was more marketable now than it had been when Rodriguez first pitched Howard in April, before the Access Hollywood tape placed Trump’s treatment of women in the national spotlight.

According to the authors, Davidson texted Howard that afternoon, writing “Trump is f*cked,” with Howard replying, “Wave the white flag. It’s over people!” 

What followed were days of frantic negotiations, after Howard admitted that his boss, Trump pal David Pecker, “… likely will pay.”

At that point Trump fixer, attorney Michael Cohen, and campaign aide Hope Hicks were brought into the fray.

ADVERTISEMENT

“On that Saturday night in London, Cohen had a conference call with Hicks and Trump, followed by a call with Hicks alone. Hicks had heard from another campaign aide that a rumor was circulating of another tape, this one of Trump cavorting with prostitutes in Moscow during a trip there for the Miss Universe pageant in 2013. Hicks had been told that TMZ might have access to the tape, and she knew that Cohen was close to Harvey Levin, the gossip outlet’s founder,” the report states. “The Moscow tape was bad, but it was just a rumor. Cohen had a more immediate problem. He learned from Pecker and Howard that Daniels was still shopping her story. Cohen, Pecker, and Howard exchanged a series of calls after Cohen got off the phone with Hicks. “

As negotiations began, Howard was told the price for Daniels’ story was $250K, with Rodriguez insisting that multiple outlets were bidding on it — which turned out to not be true.

“’Woman wants 120k. Has offers from Mail and GMA want her to talk and do lie detector live. I know the denials were made in the past—but this story is true. I can lock it on publication now to shut down the media chatter and we can assess next steps thereafter. Ok?'” Howard texted. “‘We can’t pay 120k,’ Pecker texted back. Howard realized that Daniels would be Cohen and Trump’s problem now,” the report continues.

ADVERTISEMENT

 According to the authors, “Three days after a video of Trump talking about grabbing women by their genitals entered the public domain, Cohen and Davidson had a deal. Cohen reluctantly agreed to match the offer he believed Daniels had from another company, and, in return, Daniels would sign a contract barring her from discussing her alleged one-night stand with Trump. American Media’s payment to Karen McDougal and involvement in the Stormy Daniels deal would bring the publisher to the brink of criminal prosecution by federal authorities in Manhattan. But Pecker, Howard and American Media avoided charges by cooperating with the federal prosecutors, who used their information against Michael Cohen.”

“Howard acknowledged the personal risk he had taken in helping Trump, in a series of previously unreported text messages sent on election night,” the reports states before noting that the editor indulged in some dark — but possibly appropriate — humor on election night.

ADVERTISEMENT

“At least if he wins, I’ll be pardoned for electoral fraud,” Howard texted.

You can read more here.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Drought causing water shortage amid coronavirus crisis in Chile

Published

on

With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.

Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.

"There are now 400,000 families, nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water a day depends on tankers," Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement for the Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, told AFP.

One of the main pieces of advice to protect people against coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

Published

on

US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump to spend Sunday watching pastor who thinks he has a ‘secret weapon’ to stop the COVID-19 pandemic

Published

on

President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would spend Palm Sunday watching Pastor Greg Laurie from Harvest Church.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1246579610105581570

Laurie has said that prayer is a "secret weapon we can employ against COVID-19."

https://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/1239767158386593792

He has also referred to the pandemic as "perhaps the greatest evangelistic opportunities of our entire ministry" in a request for financial support.

https://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/1242258579211653120

Here are some of his additional thoughts on the public health crisis:

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image