Trump Organization CFO gets immunity in exchange for testimony

Andrew Cummings
August 26, 2018

It's clear that Cohen's bills and the way Trump's company accounted for them "were meant to hide the truth", Bederow said, adding that such conduct would be a Class E felony in NY. Everyone laughed, including the president. Even Vice President Mike Pence would be removed from office under an "annulment" of the Trump election win and subsequent term in the White House.

It was a bruising week for Trump, with a trio of men who are intimately familiar with his secrets and business dealings now cooperating with prosecutors.

The CFO of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, has been granted immunity, apparently in exchange for information on hush money payments made to two women during the campaign. On the same day, his former campaign chairman was found guilty on a slew of financial charges. In court filings, prosecutors say two unnamed Trump Organisation employees - "executive one" and "executive two" - helped set up the reimbursement.

Separately, the NY state attorney general has filed a civil lawsuit against the Trump foundation, Trump's purported charity.

Donald Trump's long-time financial gatekeeper took immunity to discuss what he knew about payments to the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, numerous U.S. media outlets reported on Friday. Legal experts told The Times that NY prosecutors could now question Mr Weisselberg about any topic and he would be required to answer under the immunity deal or risk perjury charges.

He added that it was a rare trip for him. Or are congressional Republicans so deeply in Trump's pocket that they would continue to back him regardless of the evidence gathered against him?

"This is a bridge too far".

Trump said the payments did not constitute a campaign finance violation because the payments "came from me" and not the Trump campaign.

The Trump Organization's finance boss, Allen Weisselberg, has reportedly been granted legal immunity in the probe into Michael Cohen. Both people, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private discussions.

Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong.

The US Justice Department maintains a policy that sitting presidents can not be criminally indicted.

"He's less powerful in these relationships now than he was before he became president". "He's sitting behind the Resolute Desk and he can push a button and get a Coke but he can't control Michael Cohen".

Vanity Fair reported that Howard was also granted immunity.

The probe into Cohen was triggered in part by a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who separately is looking into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. While the trial dealt with Manafort's personal finances, the verdict brought the shadow of special counsel Robert Mueller ever closer to Trump's inner circle. However, when Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about such a tape she told reporters; "I can't guarantee anything". According to the Journal, citing people familiar with Weisselberg's thinking, he did not know that the money was to go to Daniels.

Working alongside Trump and Trump's three adult children - Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric - in Trump Tower, Cohen took on a number of roles for the developer, including emissary for projects in foreign capitals and enforcer of Trump's will. Cohen brokered deals for the Trump Organization, profited handsomely from a side venture into New York City's real estate and taxi industries and worked to make unflattering stories about Trump disappear.

Trump has long denied knowing about the meeting during his campaign, but his tweet followed a month of controversy over allegations that his former attorney, Michael Cohen, was claiming Trump had prior knowledge of the meeting.

On top of that, the moves pose a different kind of peril for Trump than the investigation by Mueller for its ties to Russian Federation.

"Correct", Cohen replies. "So, I'm all over that".

As the negative news mounted throughout the past week, allies also expressed frustration with the lack of a coordinated pushback effort. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said this week that it was a mistake to hire Cohen as a consultant it was revealed they paid him $600,000 past year. "Just another phony story by the Fake News Media!"

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