Last week, news broke of how The National Enquirer aided Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. While it’s known that the magazine helped to “kill” negative Trump stories, they may have helped in other ways as well.
Jerry George, a former editor for the National Enquirer, spoke last night about the president during an appearance on Ari Melber’s show. He suggested that in addition to helping the president, AMI may have aided Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
AMI, or American Media Incorporated (the National Enquirer’s parent company), has a plea agreement with Federal Prosecutors. George feels that more information about the Trump Organization is yet to be revealed.
He told Melber of the affair stories, “They’re certainly embarrassing. And then when you get involved with the actions of his children, including his daughter and son-in-law, we’re getting closer to criminal activity.”
Michael Cohen was the point person between the point person between the Trump Organization and AMI chief, David Pecker. George feels that the Trump Organization still received help from AMI after Cohen agreed to cooperate.
He continued, “I definitely think that once Michael [Cohen] stepped aside, there was foot traffic between people in the Trump Organization, including Jared, into the American Media organization.”
Recently the magazine featured Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince on its cover. This was a curious decision since the magazine is not generally sold overseas.
George also revealed that the publisher had recently received a large influx of cash. This could point to some kind of agreement between AMI and the enormously wealthy Saudi royal family.
The Southern District of New York is currently investigating the full scope of Trump’s relationship with AMI. While it would be strange for the Trump Organization to continue seeking the publisher’s help following Cohen’s disclosures, it may not come as a surprise.
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