Manhattan prosecutors have placed Donald Trump at the center of an alleged "catch and kill" scheme to suppress negative stories about himself during his candidacy, according to the statement of facts supporting the former president's indictment.
In August 2015, shortly after announcing his candidacy for the presidency, Trump met at Trump Tower with his then-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and the CEO of the media company that owned the National Enquirer, prosecutors said.
David Pecker is the former head of that company and testified recently before the Manhattan grand jury that voted to indict Trump.
Pecker agreed to help Trump’s campaign and promised to act as the campaign’s “eyes and ears” by alerting Cohen to negative stories about the billionaire real-estate developer, prosecutors said.
Pecker, the statement of facts said, also agreed to publish negative stories about Trump’s political rivals.