Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg given immunity by prosecutors to testify

Donald Trump's finance chief Allen Weisselberg given immunity in Cohen probe

Donald Trump's finance chief Allen Weisselberg given immunity in Cohen probe

On Tuesday, the president's longtime personal lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight violations of federal campaign-finance, bank and tax laws.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Manhattan courtroom to multiple criminal offenses, including campaign finance violations.

Cohen says he arranged payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago - and that he did it at Trump's direction.

The detail comes on the heels of federal prosecutors reportedly granting immunity to David Pecker, the CEO of the tabloid magazine's parent company, potentially laying bare his efforts to protect the US President - a longtime friend.

Calls and emails to the Trump Organisation to reach Mr Weisselberg and general counsel Alan Garten were not immediately answered.

As the president exited Washington for a day trip to OH on Friday, a White House official said Trump was unhappy with what he perceived as disloyalty but far from melting down.

Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is asking the public for help paying his legal bills, and one anonymous donor has already given 50,000 dollars (£39,000).

According to The Wall Street Journal, Pecker, who like Cohen was close with Trump, provided information on Cohen and the president in the criminal probe. Mr. Trump sold it in 2015 after owning it for almost two decades.

But the amounts and the dates all lined up with the payments made to Ms McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels. Mr. Trump has been insistent that he had nothing to do with the payments and learned of them only after they were made.

He added that he arranged to make the payments "for [the] principal objective of influencing [the] election".

Allen Weisselberg, 71, provided information to federal prosecutors in the case against Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's lawyer.




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The state tax department also subpoenaed Cohen earlier this week as part of a probe pertaining to the Trump Foundation, CNN reported.

Within the West Wing, aides have grown increasingly numb to the drumbeat of bad news, though the revelation of Cohen's plea and the immunity deals took some by surprise.

Under a reorganization plan announced before Trump's January 2017 inauguration, the business was placed into a trust controlled by Weisselberg and the president's two adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

In addition to his title as chief financial officer, Mr Weisselberg holds executive positions at many Trump entities, including director of the Donald J Trump Foundation, which is being sued by the NY state attorney-general for allegedly tapping donations to settle legal disputes among other illegal uses.

And despite telling confidants that he thought he had a shot at White House chief of staff after the election, Cohen was never given a West Wing job.

Despite his relatively low profile, Weisselberg did appear on one episode in the second season of Mr. Trump's "The Apprentice". "He's my boss. I went".

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