President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE was heavily involved during his presidential campaign in silencing the stories of women who claimed to have extramarital affairs with him, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal that contradicts repeated denials from Trump.Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence that Trump worked with his friend and media executive David Pecker to use the National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to interviews the Journal had with three dozen people with knowledge of the transactions.ADVERTISEMENTTrump was allegedly involved in nearly every step of the process to prevent Daniels and McDougal from publicizing their stories and worked with his longtime … [Read more...] about Trump played key role in coordinating hush money payments to Daniels, McDougal: report
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The best anecdote I ever heard about a First Lady involved Laura Bush. Early in her relationship with George W. Bush, she was taken to his family’s compound in Maine, where Bush kin busied themselves with preppie jock activities like boating or tennis or touch football. “And what do you do, Laura?” asked Bush’s grandmother. “I read, I smoke, and I watch,” replied the retiring Laura. Laura Bush seems never to have cared much for the spotlight she was forced to share with her husband, but as the wife of a governor and then president, she gritted her teeth and did her best impersonation of a political wife. I interviewed her once, on the eve of the first national book fair, of which she was a sponsor (she had been one of the founders of the highly successful Texas book fair, and reading was truly a passion). In the few minutes I was allotted, I tried with no success whatsoever to get her off-script, to say anything spontaneous, but she had her talking … [Read more...] about Is Melania Secretly the Smartest Trump?
Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi reacts to a reporters (L) question about whether she hates President Donald Trump during her weekly news conference December 5, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi discussed the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. less Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi reacts to a reporters (L) question about whether she hates President Donald Trump during her weekly news conference December 5, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. ... more Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi reacts to a reporters (L) question about whether she hates President Donald Trump during her weekly news conference December 5, 2019 on … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi and the Persistent White Pantsuit
New York (CNN Business)Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was elected President, filed a lawsuit Thursday against Fox News alleging the news organization defamed her. In the lawsuit, which was filed in a New York state court, McDougal accused host Tucker Carlson of acting with a "reckless disregard for the truth" when he suggested on a December 2018 episode of his show that she extorted Trump. In a statement provided by a Fox News spokesperson, the network said it would "vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims." McDougal was paid $150,000 by American Media Inc., the National Enquirer's parent company, for her story of an alleged affair with Trump. Her lawsuit stated that in 2016 she attempted to sell her story to the publication, and that the tabloid eventually purchased it "to prevent its publication." The practice of purchasing a story to prevent its ultimate release is commonly referred to as … [Read more...] about Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sues Fox News for alleged defamation
(CNN)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, sources with knowledge of the meeting tell CNN. 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, the sources said. Cohen is cooperating with the investigation. Pecker is expected to continue talking with prosecutors, sources said. 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 … [Read more...] about National Enquirer company chief David Pecker talking with New York prosecutors