National Enquirer boss and Trump pal David Pecker gets federal immunity in Michael Cohen case

He was part of the scheme to bury the details of Trump’s extra-marital escapades. He bought damaging stories as exclusives, then kept them out of print, thus effectively silencing the accusers. I gather that he was reimbursed by Cohen directly, which means that he was ultimately reimbursed by Trump. Maybe.

It’s not clear whether Pecker’s testimony and promise of immunity is restricted to this specific facet of Trump’s life, or if he is fully co-operating with the feds and/or New York State on other Trump-related matters. (He is a long-time Trump friend.)

Lena Dunham and Leo DiCaprio – together at last

Is Tarantino a big player in Tinseltown? Let me put it this way: you know you’re big when you can hire Brad Pitt to play Leo DiCaprio’s stunt double!

(Pitt’s character is the stunt double of Leo’s character.)

Remember those “my dick is so big” jokes? My favorite was: “My dick is so big it doesn’t take Spielberg’s calls.” Can we now change that to “Tarantino’s calls”?

By the way, I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used the term “Tinseltown” without quoting someone else. I feel liberated.

Trump says that co-operating with prosecutors is “unfair” and “almost should be illegal”

That argument seems like some kind of fantasy, but … y’know … if you don’t commit any crimes, that process never affects you.

Additional fantasy: “What Michael Cohen pled to weren’t crimes,” Trump told Fox News. (Say what?)

Reality: each of the campaign finance-related charges to which Cohen pleaded guilty are felonies punishable by as many as five years in prison.

I look for the President to become increasingly erratic and desperate. (Yeah, even more so.) Given that Cohen pleaded guilty to a felony that he testified to have committed at Trump’s direction, meaning that Trump committed a felony based on sworn testimony, Trump now has to maintain the Presidency to avoid a criminal trial.

He could be impeached, but there are not 67 senators who would vote to remove him from office, so an impeachment process would not work at this point, and he will most likely remain President until defeated in an election or until his term limit is up.

As long as he is President, he can’t be indicted by current Justice Department guidelines, which Mueller intends to respect.

But if the President loses the election in 2020, they would soon be slippin’ the cuffs on him. (Oh, the sweet irony of “lock her up.”) He is well aware of that, which means, in my opinion, that he will go to any extremes to hold on to that office.

SIDEBAR: Trump could theoretically be indicted on criminal charges in a state court, and New York is currently on the trail of several Trump businesses, but that’s totally hypothetical, and such an indictment would produce a massive constitutional crisis. I’m not sure how any state official could even physically execute an arrest warrant on a sitting President.

Bebe Rexha bootylicious at the beach

I got to wondering about the ethnicity of the name Rexha. Basque? Portuguese? Catalan?

The correct answer was “none of the above.” Her parents are ethnic Albanians, which led me to realize that I know absolutely nothing about the Albanian language. What I found is interesting. According to Wikipedia, “Albanian is considered an isolate within the Indo-European language family; no other language has been conclusively linked to its branch.”