Dems Request Docs On Hush Money Payments To Women, AMI ‘Catch And Kill’ Agreement

In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo David Pecker,  David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York. The Aug. 21, 2018 plea deal reached by Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen has laid bare a relationship between the president and Pecker, whose company publishes the National Enquirer. Besides detailing tabloid’s involvement in payoffs to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal to keep quiet about alleged affairs with Trump, court papers showed how David Pecker, a longtime friend of the president, offered to help Trump stave off negative stories during the 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Marion Curtis)
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Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty last year to engaging in a scheme by which he funneled hush money from Trump to Stormy Daniels, a porn star he allegedly slept with.

The arrangement worked in part by National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc. buying exclusive rights to the story, and then never publishing it. Cohen and numerous AMI officials (as well as the company itself) are asked for information related to the scheme.

House investigators are interested in the following witnesses and entities:

-Trump Org CLO Alan Garten

-Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg

-American Media Inc.

-Brad Parscale, digital media director for Trump’s 2016 campaign, vendor to the Trump Inaugural Committee

-AMI CEO David Pecker


-Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust

-Donald Trump Jr., presidential son and Trump Org executive

-AMI Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard

-Eric Trump, son of the president and Trump Org executive


-Trump Org

-Hope Hicks, former Trump campaign press secretary and White House communications adviser

-Trump campaign

-Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser

-Tom Barrack, real estate investor and chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee 

-Stormy Daniels attorney Keith Davidson

-Steve Bannon, former Trump 2016 CEO and White House chief strategist. Ex-vice-president of the board of Cambridge Analytica

-Trump Org COO Matthew Calamari

-Stefan Passantino, former deputy White House counsel for compliance and ethics 

-Michael Cohen,  former personal attorney and fixer for President Trump

-The White House

-Ronald C. Lieberman,  executive vice president for management and development at the Trump Organization

-Roger Stone, GOP “dirty trickster” indicted for lying about his efforts to obtain Clinton’s emails from WikiLeaks and for interfering with witnesses

-Rhona Graff, Trump’s longtime personal assistant at the Trump Organization

-Sean Spicer, ex-White House Press Secretary and Trump administration communications director

-Rick Gates, former Manafort deputy, ex-Trump campaign and transition adviser, now a cooperating witness in the special counsel probe 

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