Trump hush money trial day 7 highlights: David Pecker cross-examination begins

June 14, 2024

McDougal’s contract gave American Media Inc., which owned the National Enquirer and several fitness magazines, exclusive rights to McDougal’s story on any relationship with a married man. Pecker said that clause was specifically about Trump. “With respect to campaign laws, I wanted to have the contract be a record that stipulates” services that she would provide, as a basis for the payment, Pecker explained. But the real purpose of the contract was to buy and lock up her claim about a 2006-2007 Trump affair, which the former president says never happened. Pecker went on to say that the deal was intended to keep McDougal’s story from becoming public and potentially influencing the election.