Dershowitz says New York probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump
Aug 27 2018
Prosecutors in Manhattan, New York, are weighing possible criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two unnamed senior officials at the company, The New York Times reported on Thursday night.
Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, has been granted immunity by federal investigators in NY in exchange for testimony about his role in the payment of hush money to a porn actress, according to people familiar with the discussions.
As part of the deal, he testified under oath that he made the payments to bury damaging stories about Trump and preserve his candidacy in the 2016 election.
Weisselberg did not know what $130,000 was for, according to one person familiar with the situation, and approved it because of Cohen's longstanding role as counsel to Donald Trump.
That's according to the Associated Press, which reports the executives emptied the safe after Trump's election victory.
In an interview with Fox News, U.S. President Donald Trumpsaid flipping should be illegal, just as another of his friends flipped on him.
Weisselberg was one of the executives who helped arrange $420,000 in payments to President Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen to help reimburse him for money he paid to Stormy Daniels, prosecutors have said.
Should charges come against the organization or employees of the organization, Trump would not be able to pardon them. But several reports said the newspaper may not be able to use that defense because it was acting more as a political operation than a news organization.
And now everyone from Michael Cohen to Omarosa to Sacha Baron Cohen is releasing audio and video tapes exposing Trump as a liar.
"You never know where that company - you never know what he's gonna be -" Cohen says.
David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media.
Senator Lindsey Graham, who is both close to Trump and a defender of Sessions, said he believed Trump would appoint a new attorney general but should wait until after November 6 congressional elections, in which Republicans are seeking to maintain control of both the House of Representatives and Senate.
He had been summoned to give evidence to prosecutors earlier this year in the investigation into Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime former lawyer.
Because the hush payments were meant to influence the outcome of the elections, they violated USA laws governing campaign contributions, putting Trump in legal jeopardy.
The president then said the hush payments were financed with his own money - to which Cohen had access - and that while he had no knowledge of them at the time, he had since been fully transparent.