Trump Organization CFO gets immunity in exchange for testimony
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 26, 2018,
Aug 26, 2018, 11:10
We know that David Pecker, another longtime Trump ally, who is the CEO of one of the publishers that bought another one of these stories, he did give prosecutors information that Trump had knowledge of these payments.
Weisselberg got his start in the family business by working as an accountant for Trump's father and real estate magnate Fred Trump in the 1970s.
The news of Weisselberg's cooperation is potentially catastrophic for President Trump. In addition to being CFO of the Trump Organization, he is also treasurer of the Trump Foundation, which has come under its own set of scrutiny in a different investigation.
That reaction typified his party's response to the sworn testimony Tuesday by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that Trump had directed him to pay two women for their silence to avoid damaging scandals on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.
The Trump Organization paid Cohen in $35,000 installments through 2017, and submitted false invoices for the payments which it said were part of a monthly retainer. There is no question that what Cohen admitted to - making large, undisclosed payments on behalf of a campaign in deliberate violation of contribution limits and reporting requirements - is a crime.
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.
The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cosy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement say.
"The bigger company is the American Media Inc., it's a holding company, it encompasses the National Enquirer, as it's flagship, United States magazine, Life & Style, In Touch", Alpert explained.
Cohen mentioned Weisselberg on a secret recording the Trump attorney made in September 2016 and which was aired on CNN last month. Trump has denied the affair.
"Pecker provided invaluable media support to Trump by regularly attacking his Republican rivals and Hillary Clinton" throughout the 2016 campaign, Vanity Fair reported.
Everett, however, said he doesn't doubt the sincerity of Cohen's sworn statements before the court on Tuesday. We've reported that the investigation is still ongoing even though Michael Cohen has now pleaded guilty. At least Paul Manafort had nothing to say about Trump or his campaign.
Among the expenses for which he was seeking reimbursement: $130,000 that he paid to adult-film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.
Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is asking the public for help paying his legal bills, and one anonymous donor has already given 50,000 dollars (£39,000). The other two executives are the President's elder sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Caputo is now helping out with legal bills of others facing the Mueller probe, including former Trump campaign national security adviser J. D. Gordon and former Stone aide Andrew Miller, who has recently been subpoenaed by the special counsel. There is no such federal crime as collusion, although if he were to be found to have engaged in a conspiracy or attempt to obstruct justice in a report Mueller is expected to deliver when the probe has concluded, he could be damaged.