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Donald Trump's finance chief Allen Weisselberg given immunity in Cohen probe

Donald Trump's finance chief Allen Weisselberg given immunity in Cohen probe”

At times a bully for a family-run business, Cohen was known for his hot temper as he strong-armed city workers, reluctant business partners and reporters.

Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, confirmed this week that his client was "present at a discussion with" Trump and Trump Jr. related to the meeting but did not confirm details of what was discussed.

"This is a bridge too far". Then Trump added: "President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!" An assistant said both were out of the office Friday.

The man who knows the most about Donald Trump's murky finances has been granted immunity from prosecution in the case against the President's former lawyer.

The US Justice Department maintains a policy that sitting presidents can not be criminally indicted. He isn't even mentioned in numerous biographies of his boss. "He's sitting behind the Resolute Desk and he can push a button and get a Coke but he can't control Michael Cohen".

"Pecker provided invaluable media support to Trump by regularly attacking his Republican rivals and Hillary Clinton" throughout the 2016 campaign, Vanity Fair reported.

Cohen pleaded guilty earlier this week to eight counts in connection with hush-money payments he orchestrated to two women who said they had sexual encounters with Mr. Trump before the 2016 election.

Court papers in the Cohen case say Pecker "offered to help deal with negative stories about [Trump's] relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided".

The probe into Cohen was triggered in part by a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who separately is looking into possible Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"You have this Cohen guy, he doesn't know anything about Russian collusion, doesn't know anything about obstruction, he's a massive liar", he said.

The White House official insisted that West Wing staffers continue to keep their heads down and do their jobs. "Not because they have done anything wrong, but they know where the money comes in and where it goes out".

Still, the week's developments brought the investigations up to the doorstep of Trump Tower - a place that Trump has warned Mueller is a no-go.

"Trump is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud", conservative commentator Max Boot wrote earlier this week in the Washington Post.

Mr Weisselberg, who has been at Mr Trump's side for four decades, is also treasurer of the Trump Foundation, the family charity under investigation for misuse of...

Prosecutors also said someone believed to be Pecker, working with a company editor, alerted Cohen that adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, meant to talk about her affair with Trump from 2006. Trump had previously said that for Mueller to investigate his businesses would be a "red line".



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