Prosecutors grant immunity to longtime Trump finance chief

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The longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was given immunity by federal prosecutors in NY during the course of the Michael Cohen Investigation, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Weisselberg's immunity deal.

Cohen admitted to arranging "hush money" payments before the November 2016 U.S. presidential election to at least two women who had said they had affairs with Trump.

Cohen did become a reliable surrogate on cable TV - he created a viral moment by repeating "Says who?" when told Trump was down in the polls - and founded the candidate's faith-based organization.

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.

Plus, the president is contending with the USA attorney's office in Manhattan, which is known not just for taking on aggressive cases but also for its expertise in financial crimes.

This is why the news that Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance is considering pursuing charges against the Trump Organization may be such a significant development.

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It is unclear whether Mr Weisselberg discussed Mr Trump, who Mr Cohen claimed had directed him to make the payments - effectively accusing the USA president of being a co-conspirator in a crime. Weisselberg was also treasurer of The Donald J. Trump Foundation, the president's nonprofit, which has been sued by the NY attorney general for alleged violations of state law. In the fall of 2016, weeks before the election, Cohen had set up a limited liability company in DE to hide the deal he made to silence the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels about an affair she said she had with Trump. Such payments could be considered illegal campaign contributions under federal election law, according to experts.

Cohen mentioned Weisselberg on a secret recording the Trump attorney made in September 2016 and which was aired on CNN last month.

And now everyone from Michael Cohen to Omarosa to Sacha Baron Cohen is releasing audio and video tapes exposing Trump as a liar.

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for the president, has said the payment to McDougal and a $130,000 payment to adult-film performer Stormy Daniels were a personal matter and were not subject to campaign finance law. "Post to legal expenses". What they found was passed on to NY judicial authorities.

The case was farmed out to NY prosecutors by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, who, in the course of his investigation of any coordination between U.S. persons and Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 race, came across wrongdoing by Cohen.

The "Trust" refers to the entity that Mr Trump set up after the election to hold his assets. USA intelligence agencies, and separate Mueller indictments of several Russian individuals, have concluded they did.

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