National Enquirer Executives Had Safe Containing Dirt on Trump

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Donald Trump's long-time financial gatekeeper took immunity to discuss what he knew about payments to the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, numerous USA media outlets reported on Friday.

The Wall Street Journal and NBC News cited anonymous sources to report on Friday that Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization finance chief, received immunity to speak to prosecutors in the investigation of hush money Cohen paid to two women, who claimed to have affairs with Trump.

Cohen pleaded guilty earlier this week to eight counts in connection with hush-money payments he orchestrated to two women who said they had sexual encounters with Mr. Trump before the 2016 election.

David Pecker, a friend of Mr Trump who is chief executive of the publishers of the "National Enquirer" tabloid magazine, has also reportedly been given immunity by NY prosecutors. American Media Chief Executive David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump, and the company's chief content officer, Dylan Howard, have also been granted immunity, Vanity Fair magazine reported.

The Enquirer was allegedly involved in hush-money deals with Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen involving porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to shut down allegations of affairs with the Trump. Mr Trump testified in a case years ago that Mr Weisselberg was the one who values his properties and other assets. George says he worked at the Los Angeles office of the National Enquirer.

The Trump Organization declined to comment to the Times.

The investigation would seek to determine how the Trump Organization accounted for the reimbursement it paid Cohen, the report said, noting that the company labeled the reimbursement as payment for legal fees.

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He is now one of three executives, alongside the president's elder sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who run the trust set up to manage the Trump Organization while Trump serves as president.

He served as treasurer of the Donald J. Trump Foundation and has long handled the Trump family personal expenses. He has denied the affair. "They are trying to undo this president", said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg. He said during his plea that his actions were directed by President Trump. "That must just amaze him", said D'Antonio, author of "Never Enough, Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success".

The probe into Cohen was triggered in part by a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who separately is looking into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Cohen said the payment was made for the "principal objective of influencing [the 2016] election".

The White House official insisted that West Wing staffers continue to keep their heads down and do their jobs.

Positive headlines for Trump, a Republican, were matched by negative stories about his opponents, including Hillary Clinton, a Democrat: an Enquirer front page from 2015 said "Hillary: 6 Months to Live" and accompanied the headline with a picture of an unsmiling Clinton with bags under her eyes.

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