Allen Weisselberg, longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has been granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of their investigation into President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, NBC News reported Friday, citing multiple people with knowledge of the matter.
Without using Weisselberg’s name, federal prosecutors accused him in a document of instructing an unidentified Trump Organization employee to reimburse Cohen for hush-money payments to one of two women who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump.
The immunity grant to Weisselberg, who is referred to as “Executive 1” in the Manhattan federal court documents, adds to the legal woes of the president.
In pleading guilty Tuesday to campaign finance violations, Cohen claimed Trump directed him to make the payments in the months before the 2016 election. Also Tuesday, Trump’s former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, was convicted in a separate case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. On Thursday, Trump friend David Pecker, chairman of publishing giant American Media Inc., received immunity as part of the Cohen investigation.
Pecker shared information with prosecutors about the payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for immunity, including details about the president’s knowledge of the payments. The White House denies Trump had affairs with the women.
SOURCE: Kevin Breuninger | Tucker Higgins