Prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg immunity in Cohen probe

David Pecker

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.

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

"The Journal reported Pecker shared with prosecutors details about payments that Cohen says Trump directed in the weeks and months before the election to buy the silence of McDougal and another woman alleging an affair, porn star Stormy Daniels".

The CFO of the Trump Organization has reportedly been granted immunity in connection with the trial of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Mr. Weisselberg has worked for the Trump family for more than four decades, including as treasurer for the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

A key House Democrat on both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees said Americans should know if President Trump is implicated in any way by the convictions and guilty pleas of some of his former associates.

Forty-six percent said they heard "a lot" of news about Cohen, while 34 percent had heard some news about Cohen.

While Mr Trump denies the affairs, his account of his knowledge of the payments has shifted.

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Dershowitz, an informal Trump adviser, said in an appearance on ABC News's "This Week" that the expanding probe by prosecutors in the Southern District of NY could spell the greatest peril for Trump because of the lack of constitutional protections for the president at that level.

Asked if he would fire Mueller if that were to happen, Trump responded: "I can't, I can't answer that question because I don't think it's going to happen". He admitted he violated campaign finance law by helping provide Trump's campaign excessive and illegal contributions.

In April, he denied he knew anything about the Daniels payment but he told Fox News in an interview aired on Thursday that he knew about payments "later on".

Derschowitz also repeated the right-wing talking point that speaking to special investigators would find Trump walking into a "perjury trap".

Trump has been publicly lambasting Sessions for some time now over his decision early previous year to recuse himself from matters related to Russian Federation, but this week the attorney general fired back in a statement saying that the "Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations". The referral request was first reported by The New York Times.

"One of the reasons I respect Paul Manafort so much is he went through that trial", Trump said.

But Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

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