Trump Organization's Chief Financial Officer Granted Immunity

by Frankie Norman August 27, 2018, 1:44
Trump Organization's Chief Financial Officer Granted Immunity

Criminal referral requests by the attorney general are generally granted, and in this case Underwood's office expects to receive such a referral.

"Trump is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud", conservative commentator Max Boot wrote earlier this week in the Washington Post. Similarly, Trump flipped from fury that Cohen's offices were raided to claiming that he and Cohen were never all that close.

The Trump records were stored alongside similar documents pertaining to other celebrities' catch-and-kill deals, in which exclusive rights to people's stories were bought with no intention of publishing to keep them out of the news.

Trump has given shifting explanations of his knowledge of the payment, most recently saying that it came out of his own pocket, which wouldn't necessarily preclude it from being a campaign violation.

Mr. Cohen, who pleaded guilty to federal campaign finance charges, did no legal work in connection with the matter, prosecutors said.

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'. But it is unclear whether the man they worked for, the president, will face any formal scrutiny or consequences.

On Thursday, it emerged that David Pecker, head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer tabloid, was also given immunity.

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

"In July, Cohen released an audio tape in which he and Trump discussed plans to buy McDougal's story from the Enquirer".

Cohen admitted in his plea to arranging hush money agreements for two women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who allege they had affairs with Trump prior to the November 2016 election.

The Daniels payment was charged as an excessive personal contribution and the National Enquirer money was charged as an unlawful corporate contribution, both "for the principle goal of influencing the election", Cohen said in court.

There is no indication their cooperation extends beyond the scope of the Cohen probe. One of the executives is American Media chief executive officer David Pecker, a long-time Trump friend.

Trump's stewardship of the economy has been a rare bright spot in an administration that has otherwise lurched from crisis to scandal, bleeding staff as it goes.

Michael Cohen leaves a U.S. Federal Court building in Manhattan on Tuesday.

"Big story out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ignored tens of thousands of Crooked Hillary Emails, many of which are REALLY BAD", Trump tweeted.

A co-operation deal between Mr. Weisselberg and prosecutors could be damaging to Mr. Trump given the executive's long-time role in Mr. Trump's business affairs.


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