Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg in a probe involving U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
The verdict and the guilty plea occurred within minutes of one another on Tuesday afternoon, and Cohen directly implicated the president in a pair of campaign finance violations related to his arrangement in 2016 to silence two women who say they had affairs with Trump years earlier.
Longtime Clinton attorney Lanny Davis, now representing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, said Cohen has never been to Prague, as claimed in the "dossier" of unverified political dirt on Trump funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Federal prosecutors have also granted immunity to two executives at the National Enquirer tabloid for testimony about Trump's involvement in the two payments, United States media reported on Thursday. In the news pages, Trump's coverage was so favorable that the New Yorker magazine said the Enquirer embraced him "with sycophantic fervor". In April, Trump denied he knew anything about the Daniels payment.
The Associated Press reported that the Enquirer kept a safe with potentially damaging stories on Trump, along with other celebrities who benefited from the newspaper buying dirt and then killing the stories, and information about hush-money agreements in the run-up to the presidential election. "Anything you can think of", a former Trump Organization employee told CNN. Such payments could be considered illegal campaign contributions under federal election law, according to experts.
Michael Cohen mentioned Weisselberg's name several times on a recorded phone conversation between Trump and Cohen about payment to kill a story about Trump's alleged relationship with Playboy model Karen McDougal.
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While Trump denies the affairs, his account of his knowledge of the payments has shifted.
The response sparked new speculation that Trump might fire Sessions, although some senior Republican lawmakers offered the attorney general support.
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. The money covered the $130,000 payment to Daniels plus costs and fees, a bonus for Cohen, and money to cover his tax liability.
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