USA prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe

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Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the Trump Organization's chief financial officer in an investigation involving U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Cohen investigation was referred to federal prosecutors in NY by USA special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible co-ordination between Trump's Republican campaign and Russian officials.

The chief financial officer has worked for Trump companies since he joined the president's father, Fred Trump, in the 1970s as an accountant, and is a rich repository of knowledge of the family company.

It is not uncommon for prosecutors to offer immunity to a person who may have wittingly or unwittingly facilitated a crime if investigators decide that person is more of a witness than a perpetrator, or if prosecutors decide they can not get necessary testimony without offering some degree of immunity.

The US president's comments, delivered by tweet, amount to the strongest criticism yet of North Korea from Mr Trump since he met the country's leader Kim Jong-un in June.

Cohen - who arranged hush-money payments shortly before the November 2016 US presidential election to two women who said they had had sex with Trump in 2006 - on Tuesday pleaded guilty in NY to campaign finance violations and other criminal charges.

It's also the latest sign that Cohen is broke.

In a heated segment with Neil Cavuto, Rohrabacher said Trump isn't the bad guy here and "the woman who is blackmailing him should be the focus of this".

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Mr Trump has repeatedly denied collusion with Russian Federation, and Russia denies involvement in the 2016 election.

If prosecutors are not investigating Trump directly, they are investigating at least one member of the Trump campaign, according to documents in the Cohen case, in connection with the payments.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Manhattan courtroom to multiple criminal offenses, including campaign finance violations.

While Pecker is cooperating with federal prosecutors now, American Media previously declined to participate in congressional inquiries. He said recently he knew about payments "later on".

The White House official insisted that West Wing staffers continue to keep their heads down and do their jobs. "If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash". It followed days of intense domestic pressure and negative headlines.

In an interview with "Fox & Friends" that aired Thursday morning, Trump denounced the longstanding legal practice of "flipping" former confidantes for criminal investigations and court proceedings, declaring that it "almost ought to be illegal".

Some also questioned just how Trump would react if the bad news continued to roll in. "I have spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up with funding".

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