US prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe

Aug 25, 2018, 22:03
US prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe

Publishing executive David Pecker granted federal immunity in the Michael Cohen investigation, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Cohen pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Manhattan to campaign finance violations alleging he coordinated with Trump on a hush-money scheme to buy the silence of a porn actress and a Playboy model who alleged affairs.

Last March, in response to a letter from a group of House Democrats about the Daniels and McDougal payments, American Media general counsel Cameron Stracher declined to provide any documents, writing that the company was "exempt" from U.S. campaign finance laws because it is a news publisher and it was "confident" it had complied with all tax laws.

Mr Weisselberg is an unlikely player in the unfolding presidential drama, a low-profile employee who appeared in The Apprentice as a judge once but otherwise rarely drew the spotlight.

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"While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations", Sessions said in what was seen as a veiled jab at Trump.

Allen Weisselberg's immunity in Michael Cohen's investigation could spell trouble for President Trump.

Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Sources confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that Pecker struck an immunity deal with federal prosecutors in NY in exchange for information in the investigation into hush-money payments by Cohen. He was handling them when his son Donald made his mark with Trump Tower in the early '80s, then teetered on personal bankruptcy in the '90s.

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A juror who voted to convict Paul Manafort and who is also a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump has some advice for Trump if he is considering whether to pardon his former campaign chairman: don't do it.

And aside from Mr Trump, he is perhaps best qualified to answer two of the big questions about the businessman-turned-president over the years: Is he really worth $US10 billion, as he claims, and what is in his tax returns?

"If there is nothing improper that went on there, Donald Trump has nothing to worry about", Toobin told CNN. Trump has denied having sex with either woman. But now that a guilty plea by the president's ex-lawyer has implicated the Trump Organization, federal, state and local prosecutors are circling. He told Fox News on Wednesday that he wasn't aware of the payments made by Cohen until "later on", while maintaining they were not campaign funds.

"The only thing I would say to the president is do not do anything rash because Mueller would love for you to fire him, so that you will be impeached", he said.

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