Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg given immunity by prosecutors to testify


Weisselberg was granted immunity for providing information about Donald Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen in an investigation into hush payments to two women in the run-up to the 2016 election, The Wall Street Journal reported.

He said in court that Trump directed him to arrange the payments.

Michael Cohen's lawyer made a major revelation during a CNN interview on Wednesday night, saying that his client "does not" have any information that then-candidate Donald Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.

"David" is apparently David Pecker, a Trump friend who is the chairman and CEO of American Media and publisher of the National Enquirer, which had agreed to purchase McDougal's story. Fearful that the documents might be used against American Media, Pecker and the company's chief content officer, Dylan Howard, removed them from the safe in the weeks before Trump's inauguration, according to one person directly familiar with the events.

Allen Weisselberg worked for the Trump Organization as an accountant in the 1970s.

On the tape, recorded two months before the 2016 presidential election, Cohen mentions that he has spoken to Weisselberg about setting up a corporation to process the payment.

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Senator Lindsey Graham, who is both close to Trump and a defender of Sessions, said he believed Trump would appoint a new attorney general but should wait until after November 6 congressional elections, in which Republicans are seeking to maintain control of both the House of Representatives and Senate. In April, Trump denied he knew anything about the Daniels payment. Mueller's office prosecuted Manafort and, having uncovered Cohen's misdeeds, had handed that matter to fellow prosecutors in NY.

He was there in the lobby of Trump Tower in June 2015 when his boss descended an escalator and changed history by declaring his candidacy for president.

Despite Trump's defiant tone, Washington-based campaign finance expert Kate Belinski, of the Nossaman law firm, said to expect legal consequences for both Trump and his campaign - most likely in the form of a civil complaint before the Federal Election Commission.

On Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight felonies, including two counts related to hush money to women who alleged affairs with Trump.

Cohen is Trump's former personal attorney.

It's unclear what Trump meant Saturday when he threatened to "get involved", but it's not the first time he's issued such a warning. "He's sitting behind the Resolute Desk and he can push a button and get a Coke but he can't control Michael Cohen". Trump has routinely denounced the probe as a "witch hunt".