US prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe


House of Trump, House of Putin follows the thrilling sequence of stories that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming world of NY real estate, and ends with Trump's inauguration as president of the United States. He pointed out that none of the charges against Cohen involved his Presidential campaign.

Pecker, who is the Jewish son of a Bronx bricklayer according to reports, is a long-time friend of Trump. He also expressed readiness to join the investigation himself.

Giuliani has said the payments were personal matters not subject to campaign finance law.

The New York Times said the company did not challenge the subpoena and agreed to cooperate where they deemed First Amendment rights were not violated. He later acknowledged reimbursing Cohen for the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Michael Cohen prosecutors granted immunity to publisher David Pecker
By keeping celebrities' embarrassing secrets, the company was able to ingratiate itself with them and ask for favors in return. It's late August, a time when the news cycle traditionally slows down and television airs a good number of repeat broadcasts.

Federal prosecutors in NY and the White House declined to comment.

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

"So, Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?"

As an increasing number of President Trump's former associates find themselves ensnared by federal criminal investigations, the president still holds one trump card, as it were, to try to convince them not to blabber about his unsavory past: the power of the presidential pardon.

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"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!". Similarly, Trump flipped from fury that Cohen's offices were raided to claiming that he and Cohen were never all that close.

Cohen, 51, once said he'd take a bullet for Trump. He said Mr. Trump directed him to arrange the payments. Trump fired Flynn for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian officials; Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump calls the probe a "witch hunt" and has not said whether he will sit for an interview with Mueller.

Trump's base will remain faithful to him to the bitter end, but the people who really matter are turning against him, and it doesn't bode well for his political survival. He explained that Cohen had a variety of criminal difficulties involving his taxi cab and other business interests unrelated to Trump, and that he was able to cut a deal in exchange for incriminating Trump.

Between the dual guilty plea and conviction of Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort this week, and now this hilariously ironic and perfectly-timed heel turn, it sure feels like our reality is being scripted.

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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.