David Pecker Reportedly First to Testify in Trump Trial

David Pecker, former publisher national inquireris reportedly scheduled to be the first to testify in former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial.

Pecker, who is reported to have engaged in a “catch-and-kill” campaign by the tabloids to bury harmful stories about President Trump, was the first to appear on the stand after giving his arguments in Monday’s trial, according to people familiar with the matter. He plans to stand at Said of new york times.

President Trump is facing 34 counts of first-degree falsifying business records in connection with hush money paid to adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The hush money trial centers on allegations that President Trump falsified business records to hide reimbursement payments to former lawyer Michael Cohen.

Mr. Cohen received the redemption money after arranging hush money payments to Mr. Daniels and others to bury negative stories about Mr. Trump.

Former President Donald Trump arrives with his defense team at a Manhattan criminal courthouse ahead of jury selection in New York on April 15, 2024. (Javin Botsford/Pool Photo via AP)

Pecker will reportedly “recount” multiple conversations he had with Trump “about hush money” when he takes the stand Monday, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The case will also feature hush money payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougall and Trump’s “former doorman” who claimed the former president had fathered a child out of wedlock.

Pecker was reportedly able to buy the doorman’s silence and buy the rights to McDougal’s story, but was eventually killed off.

After learning of Daniels’ potentially damaging stories about Trump; national inquirer When contacted, Cohen said he had arranged to pay the porn star $130,000 for her silence.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to arranging hush-money deals for Daniels and McDougal and claims he acted at Trump’s direction.

President Trump is currently under a gag order barring him from speaking about any witnesses or attorneys in the case, with the exception of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.