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Trump Organization finance chief 'gets immunity' in Cohen probe

Trump Organization finance chief 'gets immunity' in Cohen probe

Cohen has also been subpoenaed by investigators to provide information about the Trump Foundation, which is the subject of a NY attorney general's office inquiry.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office sought the referral in recent days, following the criminal charges brought against President Donald Trump's former personal attorney by federal prosecutors in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, this person said.

In addition to the two counts of violating campaign finance laws, Cohen also has pled guilty to six counts of fraud.

"According to the state attorney general of New York", Unger noted, "that was money laundering". Similarly, Trump flipped from fury that Cohen's offices were raided to claiming that he and Cohen were never all that close.

Separately, the NY state taxation agency has also issued a subpoena to Cohen, asking for information related to another state investigation - this one into the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, commented in court Tuesday that Trump had directed him to arrange payments of $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels and $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to buy their silence about alleged affairs before the election.

And White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said repeatedly at her briefing last Wednesday that the president "did nothing wrong" and there 'are no charges against him'.

With his back against the wall after one of the most damaging weeks of his presidency, Trump went on the attack Saturday.

Several people familiar with the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because they signed non-disclosure agreements, said the safe was a great source of power for Pecker, the company's CEO.

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In an interview with Fox News, U.S. President Donald Trump said flipping should be illegal, just as another of his friends flipped on him.

"They are trying to undo this president", said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg.

But Axios reported Thursday that Cohen, in closed-door hearings with Congress previous year, said he was unsure if Trump knew about the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Weisselberg was mentioned by Cohen in a tape released in July in which Cohen and Trump talk about keeping McDougal quiet on her affair allegations. Cohen has indicated he may cooperate with that inquiry.

In addition to being the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Weisselberg is also one of two trustees of the trust that controls the president's assets.

As writer Craig Unger told MSNBC's Chris Matthews, the connection between Trump and the Russian mob was forged by the president's old lawyer, the late Roy Cohn. Cohen said he made the payments at Trump's direction.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!".

"It means that Individual-1 needs a real lawyer", he said.


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