Bragg’s Mystery Witness In Trump Case Is Former National Enquirer Publisher

  • The Manhattan grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s alleged role in a scheme to pay hush money to an adult film star adjourned Monday without taking a vote on whether to indict Trump, a source familiar with the proceeding told CNN. The grand jury is next scheduled to meet on Wednesday.
  • On Monday, it heard from David Pecker, the former head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer.
  • Pecker, the former chairman of American Media Inc., which publishes the Enquirer, was also seen by CNN producers entering the building around 2 p.m. ET, when the grand jury started, and leaving the building around 3:30 p.m. ET.
  • Pecker was a central player in the hush money payment scheme. He took on a new role as executive adviser in August 2020 after he and AMI came under campaign finance scrutiny. AMI signed a non-prosecution agreement with prosecutors.
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