Former National Enquirer LA Bureau Chief Jerry George claims that the tabloid has several unpublished stories concerning President Donald Trump and his children that are both “embarrassing” and “potentially criminal” in nature.
George made the revelation on MSNBC on Monday days after federal prosecutors announced it had reached an immunity deal with Enquirer parent company American Media Inc., effectively ruling out charges for the tabloid publisher over its role in securing hush money from President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
“Effectively, you know, David Pecker sold his editorial soul for access to Trump world,” George explained. “And in doing so, he got closer to, you know, the real power of the campaign.”
“Do you have reason to believe Mr. Pecker knew other incriminating things about Trump that have not come out?” Melber asked George about his old boss, David Pecker.
“Yes, certainly,” he replied.
“Do you know what any of them are?” Melber asked.
“I know some of them and there are stories involving, of course, the Trump-Kushner family, there are stories of, you know, sibling rivalry with the children, back-biting, discord with his wife,” he said.
“Would you describe them — because obviously we’re talking about things that haven’t come out and we haven’t verified them — but would you characterize them as merely embarrassing, if you will, or do any of them rise to the level of being potentially criminal?” Melber asked.
“Well, actually both,” George replied. “They’re certainly embarrassing and then when you get involved with the actions of his children, including his daughter and son-in-law, we’re getting closer to criminal activity.”
George also recalled a “particularly curious” edition of the Enquirer whose cover depicted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
“So you’re talking about your belief there may be some other financial incentive for some of that coverage?” Melber asked.
“I certainly do,” George replied. He added that the whole thing “just smells fishy.”
National Enquirer stories about Trump that have not been published are "certainly embarrassing"
"When you get involved in the actions of his children including his daughter and son-in-law, we're getting closer to criminal activity" – fmr. Editor, Jerry George: pic.twitter.com/rcj19z5xle
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) December 18, 2018