Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

National Enquirer boss granted immunity in Cohen probe

National Enquirer boss granted immunity in Cohen probe

Trump and Cohen had long stopped speaking, but word would get back to the lawyer that the president was belittling him.

Several people familiar with the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because they signed non-disclosure agreements, said the paper kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Trump. Cohen initially denied making the payments to McDougal and Daniels ahead of the 2016 elections to buy their silence about their alleged 2006 affairs with Trump.

President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty this week to a list of federal crimes as the controversy surrounding him reached a climax.

The longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was given immunity by federal prosecutors in NY during the course of the Michael Cohen Investigation, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. But in his plea deal, Cohen explicitly says he did so at Trump's direction with the intention of influencing the 2016 election.

Trump ally and right-wing dirty trickster Roger Stone sent out a fundraising email to his supporters this week that asks them to give him money so he can fight what he claims is an impending indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller.

"They're only interested in tying things to Trump".

This is why the news that Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance is considering pursuing charges against the Trump Organization may be such a significant development.

Cohen stated in court, under penalty of perjury, that he made the payment "for the principal goal of influencing the election" for president in 2016, and "in coordination and at the direction of" Trump.

Working alongside Trump and Trump's three adult children - Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric - in Trump Tower, Cohen took on a number of roles for the developer, including emissary for projects in foreign capitals and enforcer of Trump's will. Trump fired Flynn for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian officials; Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But Cohen was never given a prominent spot in the campaign.

Trump's tweetstorm came as he faces mounting legal and political pressure over the conviction of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the plea deal of former fixer Michael Cohen. "If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash".

Cohen also stated in court that a similar payment was made by American Media Incorporated (AMI), a corporation that owns the National Enquirer and other tabloids, to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, for the same goal and also with the involvement of Cohen, Trump and the Trump campaign.

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