Trump Organization possible criminal charges over hush-money payments

President Donald Trump is again criticizing the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and he's suggesting that "at some point" he "may have to get involved!"

Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's CFO was granted immunity in exchange for giving prosecutors information for the investigation into Cohen and the hush money he made to women during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to eight counts, including campaign finance violations connected to those payments.

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

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, pushed back on the former aide's claims, saying that the two women "rarely, if ever, interacted" during Manigault Newman's time at the White House. Guy Petrillo, an attorney for Cohen, did not respond to a request for comment. Similarly, Trump flipped from fury that Cohen's offices were raided to claiming that he and Cohen were never all that close.

US President Donald Trump should be more anxious about prosecutors in NY than about the ongoing Russian Federation probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said. Cohen's also not done opening up on what he knows about Trump, Davis 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'.

One by one, the president's men have turned against him.

Daniels was paid $130,000 from Cohen directly and McDougal was paid from the publisher American Media, Inc., which owns the National Enquirer.

The latter two charges were in connection to payments to the former Playboy model Karen McDougal and the porn actress Stormy Daniels in order to silence their allegations of affairs with Trump.

In February 2017, Cohen sent "Executive-1" an invoice seeking two monthly payments of $35,000 "pursuant to [a] retainer agreement, " according to court documents. One of the executives is AMI's chief executive David Pecker, a longtime Trump friend. He admitted he violated campaign finance law by helping provide Trump's campaign excessive and illegal contributions. Cohen has indicated he may cooperate with that inquiry.

But he continued to play down Trump's failure to report the hush money, arguing that the person at fault for the campaign finance violation would be the campaign's treasurer, not the candidate.

The Manafort charges stem nearly completely from his personal businesses but they came to light after he went to work for Trump. "This is Michael Cohen not filing taxes".

Dershowitz said that while Trump has the right to fire Sessions, "I think it would be a mistake to fire anybody".

  • Eleanor Harrison