2018-08-30 16:35:40 UTC
Remember that report about the National Enquirer having a literal safe full of
Donald Trump-related stories it killed to protect him? Consider this part deux
of the Trump Dirt in the Enquirer Vaults tale: The New York Times reports that
prior to the 2016 election, Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen cooked up
a plan to buy all the dirt the National Enquirer (and its parent company
American Media, Inc.) had on him, dating back to the 1980s.
The plan was never realized. Instead, Cohen bought the silence of adult film
star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougalboth of whom say they had
affairs with Trump.
Still, the fact that they were considering buying 30 years worth of dirt hints
that there was a treasure trove of juicy stories locked up in that vault,
perhaps enough to theoretically swing the election out of Trumps favor. For
decades, Trump could depend on American Media and Enquirer head David Pecker to
buy and buryor catch and killstories that make Trump look like the
nauseating goon we all know he is. The Times:
In August 2016, American Media acquired the rights to Ms. McDougals story in
return for $150,000 and commitments to use its magazines to promote her career
as a fitness specialist. But American Media never published her allegations
about a relationship with Mr. Trump.
Trump is doing a great job of that all by himself, but stories such as Karen
McDougals were a prime example of the catch and kill ethos.
But after the deal, Trump and Cohen grew paranoid about the safety of these
secret dealings and dirt: What if Pecker leaves the company? What if the company
went under? The New York Times notes that in a recording captured by Cohen,
Trump had a particularly grim way of looking at the worst case scenario:
Maybe he gets hit by a truck, Mr. Trump said of Mr. Pecker in a conversation
with Mr. Cohen, musing about an unfortunate mishap befalling his good friend.
Little did they know that the real problem they had to contend with was Pecker
being granted immunity in a federal investigation of campaign finance violations
But a question lingers: Wheres the dirt now?
It is not known how much of the material on Mr. Trump is still in American
Medias possession or whether American Media destroyed any of it after the
campaign. Prosecutors have not said whether they have obtained any of the
material beyond that which pertains to Ms. McDougal and Ms. Clifford and the
discussions about their arrangements.
People with knowledge of American Medias operations, who would speak only on
condition of anonymity, described the files on Mr. Trump as mostly older
National Enquirer stories about Mr. Trumps marital woes and lawsuits; related
story notes and lists of sensitive sources; some tips about alleged affairs; and
minutia, like allegations of unscrupulous golfing.
Whoever digs it up, please, feed it all to me.