Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization CFO, Granted Immunity In Cohen Investigation

Marcus Newton
August 26, 2018

When he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to eight criminal counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud and bank fraud, Cohen admitted he paid Daniels the hush money during the 2016 campaign.

It is unclear whether Mr Weisselberg discussed Mr Trump, who Mr Cohen claimed had directed him to make the payments - effectively accusing the United States president of being a co-conspirator in a crime.

Two executives at American Media Inc, which publishes the National Enquirer, a tabloid reportedly involved in making the payments, have also been granted immunity in the investigation.

The Trump Organisation eventually reimbursed Mr Cohen for the $US130,000 payment to Ms Daniels, accepting sham invoices and recording the money it sent to Mr Cohen as legal expenses. He's so trusted by Trump that he's the only non-family member who serves as a trustee for the trust that owns the constellation of business interests that form the Trump Organization. An assistant said both were out of the office Friday.

Weisselberg, the 71-year-old Trump Organization CFO, is intimately familiar with Trump's business dealings, having overseen his corporate ledgers through his rise in the NY real estate world and his global dealings in the years before he launched his presidential bid.

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He spoke to a grand jury investigating Michael Cohen. The other two executives are the President's elder sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

People shop in the President Donald Trump campaign store in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City, New York, U.S., August 24, 2018. With Cohen's involvement, the publication began questioning former president Barack Obama's birthplace and American citizenship in print, an effort that Trump promoted for several years, former staffers said. "That must just amaze him", said D'Antonio, author of "Never Enough, Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success".

In a separate development, the NY attorney general is moving to open a state criminal tax investigation into Cohen.

The White House official insisted that West Wing staffers continue to keep their heads down and do their jobs.

But as a long-serving employee in the Trump family business, he is rich repository of knowledge, and the idea of him answering questions to investigators under oath poses a new danger for the president as federal prosecutors in Washington and Manhattan dig deeper into the president's business affairs. It followed days of intense domestic pressure and negative headlines. He told Fox News on Wednesday that he wasn't aware of the payments made by Cohen until "later on", while maintaining they were not campaign funds.

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