Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the Trump Organisation's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, in a probe involving President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, several U.S. media outlets reported on 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.
Mr. Cohen, who arranged hush-money payments before the November, 2016, USA presidential election to at least two women who had said they had sex with Mr. Trump, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign finance violations and other charges.
Executives at the National Enquirer kept a safe holding documents detailing hush money payments and other damaging stories the tabloid killed as part of a cozy relationship with Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election. This means Weisselberg is the accountant who filed Trump's tax returns.
As the president exited Washington for a day trip to OH on Friday, a White House official said Trump was unhappy with what he perceived as disloyalty but far from melting down.
American Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sources confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that Pecker struck an immunity deal with federal prosecutors in NY in exchange for information in the investigation into hush-money payments by Cohen. When Mr Trump stepped away from the company after his election victory, he handed control to his two sons and Mr Weisselberg. Weisselberg has worked for the Trump family for more than four decades, including as treasurer for the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
In addition to his title as chief financial officer, Mr Weisselberg holds executive positions at many Trump entities, including director of the Donald J Trump Foundation, which is being sued by the NY state attorney-general for allegedly tapping donations to settle legal disputes among other illegal uses.
The Cohen investigation was referred to federal prosecutors in NY by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination between Trump's Republican campaign and Russian officials.
The district attorney's office is considering starting a state investigation to look into how the company accounted for that reimbursement and whether business records were falsified, the report said. He said recently he knew about payments "later on". Another person with knowledge of Trump's thinking said the president continues to direct much of his ire at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who infuriated him by recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe.
The White House official insisted that West Wing staffers continue to keep their heads down and do their jobs. Trump has denied the affair.
Mr Weisselberg comes off in depositions in that case and others over the years as unobtrusive, loyal and undemanding.
Fein said that with Weisselberg being granted immunity, it is possible that the president himself could be incriminated "in an income tax crime". "He's my boss. I went".
He added that it was a rare trip for him: "I have never gone anywhere with Donald".