Josh Marshall’s excellent point at TPM:
“If you read the Cohen Information, which is essentially the charging document, it makes clear that the Trump/Enquirer arrangement wasn’t just a friend keeping an eye out for his friend – the way the relationship and modus operandi had been portrayed in the media. It was a very specific arrangement: The Enquirer would troll for Trump-damaging stories, which there were obviously going to be a lot of, buy them and then sell them to Trump. The last part is key; and we didn’t know that until Tuesday. This wasn’t just being a pal. It was a specific, standing financial arrangement. The Enquirer would essentially act as a cut-out, buying stories on Trump’s behalf without the seller of the story knowing what was happening.”
That absolutely is the goods and explains why Pecker got immunity. There could be any number of stories in there, and not all of them need be about the exploits Trump’s tiny orange… hands.
Pecker kept his spank-bank of Comrade Stupid’s dirt in a freakin’ safe in the offices of the National Enquirer, and sometime after the election, Pecker/AMI allegedly hid the evidence (or maybe destroyed it?), which seems implausible to me:
Pecker is THE premier gossip monger of our time, and I suspect he’s kept that #1 spot by NEVER destroying the evidence; who knows, maybe he runs a little side-game? Anyway, whatever he had, Mueller probably has.
There’s gonna be a lot of shoes dropping.