Trump Organization finance chief 'gets immunity' in Cohen probe

Trump claims markets would crash if he was impeached

Federal prosecutors granted an immunity deal to Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, in their probe that secured a guilty plea from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, it was revealed Friday.

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges on Tuesday.

At times a bully for a family-run business, Cohen was known for his hot temper as he strong-armed city workers, reluctant business partners and reporters.

Asked if he would fire Mueller if that were to happen, Trump responded: "I can't, I can't answer that question because I don't think it's going to happen".

US President Donald Trump should be more anxious about prosecutors in NY than about the ongoing Russian Federation probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said.

The White House says the mini boom is due to Trump's success in cutting red tape and the passage of a tax cut worth an estimated two trillion dollars.

New York state prosecutors are said to be weighing possible criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two unnamed senior officials at the company, The New York Times reported Thursday night.

"Look, my advice to the President, I never gave it to him privately because I'm not his lawyer, but on television is: Don't fire, don't pardon, don't tweet and don't testify".


Two executives at American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid reportedly involved in making the payments, have also been granted immunity in the investigation, according to news media reports.

"In 2010, at Cohen's urging, the National Enquirer began promoting a potential Trump presidential candidacy, referring readers to a pro-Trump website Cohen helped create".

For context, NBC News compared the percentage of voters aware of the Manafort and Cohen stories to that of the "Bridgegate" scandal that hobbled former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In the fall of 2016, weeks before the election, Cohen had set up a limited liability company in DE to hide the deal he made to silence the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels about an affair she said she had with Trump.

According to court filings, Cohen in early 2017 submitted an invoice to Weisselberg seeking to be repaid for legal expenses and payments he said he made on Trump's behalf. He admitted he violated campaign finance law by helping provide Trump's campaign excessive and illegal contributions.

There is no indication their cooperation extends beyond the scope of the Cohen probe.

Before the latest development, 46 percent of American voters approved of Trump's job performance. The money covered the $130,000 payment to Daniels plus costs and fees, a bonus for Cohen, and money to cover his tax liability.

Weisselberg then sent the invoice to another Trump Organization executive via e-mail directing him to "Please pay from the Trust".

"It means that Individual-1 needs a real lawyer", he said.

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