Prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg immunity in Cohen probe

Can Donald Trump be indicted while he's president?

Can Donald Trump be indicted while he's president?

The Cohen case is unlikely to lead to any legal consequences for Trump while he is in office, experts say, although it could prompt calls for his impeachment should Democrats retake the House in November.

"According to the state attorney general of New York", Unger noted, "that was money laundering". "Anything you can think of", a former Trump Organization employee told CNN.

But early one April morning, more than three dozen federal agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room.

He was there in the lobby of Trump Tower in June 2015 when his boss descended an escalator and changed history by declaring his candidacy for president.

For instance, 46 percent of registered voters said they strongly disagreed that Trump had been "honest and truthful when it comes to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters".

Cohen, who served as Trump's personal attorney and worked in his Trump Organization, pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts that included tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

"My advice to the president, I never gave it to him privately because I'm not his lawyer, but on television is, 'Don't fire, don't pardon, don't tweet and don't testify, '" Dershowitz said on "This Week".

Prosecutors have also granted immunity to David Pecker, a longtime Trump ally and chief executive of a tabloid publishing company, to describe his company's role in suppressing stories about the alleged affairs, according to a person with knowledge of the inquiry. "Trump certainly would not have authorized the payments unless he thought it was politically imperative to do so".

Mr Weisselberg, Chief Financial Officer, is the latest to get immunity. While it's not a crime to pay someone to keep quiet, the Justice Department says the hush money payments arranged by Cohen to hide allegations of Trump's extramarital affairs were actually unreported campaign contributions meant to influence the outcome of the election. First, Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, implicated him in testimony about hush money payments to two women who allege affairs with him.

There is no indication their cooperation extends beyond the scope of the Cohen probe. The money covered the $130,000 payment to Daniels plus costs and fees, a bonus for Cohen, and money to cover his tax liability.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David", says Cohen, "so that - I'm going to do that right away". He admitted he violated campaign finance law by helping provide Trump's campaign excessive and illegal contributions.

Lanny Davis, one of Cohen's attorneys, told Business Insider on Wednesday that Cohen feels "pain for his family" that he could go to prison, and relief that the uncertainty is over now that he has a plea deal.

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