Another Trump loyalist granted immunity as prosecutors close in on Trump business

Also on Thursday Trump sparks a mega-spat with Jeff Sessions while facing anger from the South African government

Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, entered an immunity deal with federal prosecutors in exchange for his testimony about Michael Cohen, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organisation's chief financial officer, was said to have met with prosecutors weeks ago after being ordered to appear before a grand jury. Prosecutors have indicated that Mr. Pecker won't be criminally charged for his participation in the deals, the people said.

Mr Trump and the Enquirer had deals dating back more than a decade, AP reports.

Cohen told a federal judge that he made secret payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they had said they had with Trump.

Several people familiar with the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because they signed non-disclosure agreements, said the paper kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Trump. Mr. Cohen, who pleaded guilty to federal campaign finance charges, did no legal work in connection with the matter, prosecutors said. These individuals may spell the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, and seem to have Trump remaining silent - for now.

Though not named in the Cohen case, Weisselberg is believed to be one of two Trump executives mentioned in the suit who reimbursed Cohen, and then covered up the payments by saying they were legal expenses.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, which has been leading the Cohen investigation, declined to comment. Gonzales said that while Trump is entitled to speak his mind, his apparent sympathy for Manafort puts him at odds with his own Justice Department.

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After the disclosure of the recording, Alan Futerfas, an attorney for the Trump Organization, disputed the idea that Weisselberg had signed off on Cohen's plan.

Federal prosecutors in NY are considering possible charges against the Trump Organization in relation to the Cohen hush-money agreement with Daniels, an official briefed confirmed to ABC News on Friday. The payments involved the Enquirer, which acquired exclusive rights to the stories and refused to publish them in a process known as "catch-and-kill".

Pecker, who is the Jewish son of a Bronx bricklayer according to reports, is a long-time friend of Trump.

The White House has said Trump also denied having sex with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Green claimed that Trump and former attorney Michael Cohen "conspired to commit an offense" regarding campaign finance violations.

Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, speaks outside the US Federal Court in NY with her lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) on April 16, 2018.

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