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

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For Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, it's always been about money and loyalty.

The president's legal quandary in NY continues to deepen after federal prosecutors there granted immunity last week to Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer for the Trump Organisation, and David Pecker, a longtime Trump ally who is the executive of the National Enquirer magazine's parent company.

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges on Tuesday.

"According to the state attorney general of New York", Unger noted, "that was money laundering".

The Trump Organization recorded the reimbursement as a legal expense. These individuals may spell the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, and seem to have Trump remaining silent - for now. He said recently he knew about payments "later on".

Cohen, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations, has turned against his former client, claiming Trump directed him to pay off two women who say they had affairs with the billionaire realtor in 2006.

Prosecutors reportedly indicated he won't be criminally charged.

As a nerve-racking week for the president draws to a close, this is not what the man needs.

On a tape from a conversation that took place in September 2016, Cohen talked about opening "a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David", an apparent reference to National Enquirer publisher David Pecker.

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In April, he denied he knew anything about the Daniels payment but he told Fox News in an interview aired on Thursday that he knew about payments "later on".

Lewandowski called Cohen the Trump Organization's "self-described fixer", but not one for the campaign.

It is unclear whether Mr Weisselberg discussed Mr Trump, who Mr Cohen claimed had directed him to make the payments - effectively accusing the U.S. president of being a co-conspirator in a crime. Federal prosecutors have said the reimbursement payments were for sham legal invoices in connection with a nonexistent retainer agreement.

Davis has strongly telegraphed that Cohen is willing to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

Allies wonder what Trump might do if the pressure continues to increase. He admitted he violated campaign finance law by helping provide Trump's campaign excessive and illegal contributions.

According to The Times report, the DA's investigation would try to determine how the Trump Organization accounted for the reimbursement it paid Cohen, who was Trump's personal lawyer at the time he facilitated the $130,000 payment to Daniels in 2016.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!".

Dershowitz said that while Trump has the right to fire Sessions, "I think it would be a mistake to fire anybody".