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National Enquirer boss granted immunity in Cohen probe

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.

Separately, the Manhattan district attorney has launched a preliminary investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records relating to payments made to Cohen, a source confirmed to CBS news.

Weisselberg, who turned 71 last week, is one of the longest-serving employees of President Donald Trump, having worked for Trump's father, Fred, before joining the company decades ago.

Experts said the deals were a sign Weisselberg, Pecker and Howard faced criminal exposure because the government did not grant immunity lightly. Both people, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private discussions. He's so trusted by Trump that he's the only non-family member who serves as a trustee for the trust that owns the constellation of business interests that form the Trump Organization.

Calls and emails to the Trump Organisation to reach Mr Weisselberg and general counsel Alan Garten were not immediately answered.

Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty this week to campaign finance violations alleging he, Trump and the tabloid were involved in buying the silence of a porn actress and a Playboy model who say they had affairs with Trump.

Packer told prosecutors in the Southern District of NY that he worked with Cohen on the McDougal and Daniels hush-money agreements and that Trump knew about the deals, a source told ABC News. He has denied the affair.

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Asked about what he thought of a last-minute order by Trump to catch a flight to Iowa to tend to some business during the campaign, Weisselberg said in one deposition that "it doesn't matter what I thought".

"Mr. Weisselberg is a bookkeeper who simply carries out directions from others about monetary payments and transfers, " he said.

While Pecker is cooperating with federal prosecutors now, American Media previously declined to participate in congressional inquiries.

Trump regularly refers to Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt", however a number of subpoenas and convictions have already come about as a result of Mueller's probe.

As the negative news mounted throughout the past week, allies also expressed frustration with the lack of a coordinated pushback effort.

New York state prosecutors are said to be weighing possible criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two unnamed senior officials at the company, The New York Times reported Thursday night.

NY state laws could also come into play. Cohen is heard saying, "I've spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up".

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