Trump Organization financial chief Weisselberg 'given immunity'

Alicia Cross
August 27, 2018

Weisselberg was called to testify before a federal grand jury earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal said.

On Tuesday, Cohen cut a deal with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a financial institution, and two counts related to campaign-finance violations.

Trump then said the hush payments were financed with his own money - to which Cohen had access - and that while he had no knowledge of them at the time, he had since been fully transparent. "The Who Is America? creator and star also resurrected his persona to skewer Trump in a NSFW letter, following Tuesday's conviction of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleading guilty to eight federal crimes".

Cohen has stayed out of sight and has remained emotional since his plea, according to the people close to him. The effect of their alleged conspiracy against campaign finance laws was to defraud American voters, who were prevented from learning potentially relevant information ahead of Election Day 2016. Prosecutors have indicated that Mr. Pecker won't be criminally charged for his participation in the deals, the people said.

Republican pollster Bill McInturff, whose Public Opinion Strategies conducted the survey alongside Democratic pollster Peter Hart of Hart Research Associates, dubbed Trump's approval rating "remarkably stable" on the heels of the Cohen and Manafort developments.

Cohen is Trump's former personal attorney.

The president's story about Cohen's payments has changed multiple times over the past year, and in the Fox interview he tried several ways of defusing the allegations.

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The Trump Organization recorded the reimbursement as a legal expense.

Federal prosecutors in NY are considering possible charges against the Trump Organization in relation to the Cohen hush-money agreement with Daniels, an official briefed confirmed to ABC News on Friday. Cohen has indicated he may cooperate with that inquiry.

He said he had paid hush money to two women who alleged they had affairs with Mr Trump, at the direction of "the candidate" - a clear reference to Mr Trump. Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, has said Cohen has information "that would be of interest" to the special counsel. The money covered the $130,000 payment to Daniels plus costs and fees, a bonus for Cohen, and money to cover his tax liability.

"The entire world would be interested to know what she feels", Daniels said. One of the executives is AMI's chief executive David Pecker, a longtime Trump friend.

"One of the reasons I respect Paul Manafort so much is he went through that trial", Trump said. "Witch Hunt!" - tweet Wednesday.

Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts, including filing false tax returns and two bank fraud charges that will nearly certainly guarantee years of prison for him.

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