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National Enquirer Publisher Admits to “Catch and Kill” Effort to Help Trump Win in 2016

HeadlineApr 24, 2024

At Donald Trump’s criminal trial, the former publisher of the National Enquirer, David Pecker, had told jurors that he helped Trump’s 2016 campaign by killing stories about Trump’s extramarital affairs while running fake stories about Trump’s opponents. Pecker testified that he began helping Trump after a meeting at Trump Tower in 2015 where the future president asked him to “help the campaign.” Pecker went on to describe the paper’s so-called catch-and-kill policy that involved buying then burying negative articles about Trump. Pecker said, “I said I would be your eyes and ears.” Pecker also admitted the National Enquirer made up a story attacking Trump’s rival Ted Cruz by falsely linking Cruz’s Cuban-born father to Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination.

Meanwhile, the judge presiding over Trump’s trial, Juan Merchan, is expected to rule soon on whether to hold Trump in contempt of court for attacking witnesses and jurors. On Tuesday, Merchan lashed out at Trump’s lawyer, saying, “You’re losing all credibility with the court.”

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