Lewandowski: Michael Cohen 'Very Good' at Intimidating People

In an extraordinary coincidence, Cohen's plea in New York City came within minutes of a jury in a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., announcing the conviction of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, also on eight felony counts.

Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, has been granted immunity by federal investigators in NY in exchange for testimony about his role in the payment of hush money to a porn actress, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Cohen pleaded guilty last week to campaign finance violations, bank and tax fraud.

Asked if he would fire Mueller if that were to happen, Trump responded: "I can't, I can't answer that question because I don't think it's going to happen".

Weisselberg was subpoenaed in July as part of the Cohen investigation, and testified a few weeks ago, according to CNN.

Though Donald Trump has consistently claimed that he has no business interests in Russian Federation, the author of a new book alleging the president was tied to Russian Federation mobsters laundering money in his properties put that claim to the test during an MSNBC interview Friday.

In fact, Cohen said in court Tuesday that he paid hush money to Daniels "at the direction of" Trump.

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.

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"Sacha Baron Cohen is releasing his own Trump tape - a clip from Da Ali G Show on which President Trump appeared in 2003".

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.

He said Trump directed him to arrange the payments.

Allen Weisselberg, 71, provided information to federal prosecutors in the case against Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's lawyer. Cohen has indicated he may cooperate with that inquiry. Trump has denied there was an affair.

But he continued to play down Trump's failure to report the hush money, arguing that the person at fault for the campaign finance violation would be the campaign's treasurer, not the candidate.

Separately, federal prosecutors in NY granted immunity to tabloid executive and longtime Trump friend David Pecker to discuss Cohen's case. But legal experts such as Alan Dershowitz argue campaign-finance law requires that intent be proved, and reasons for making the payments apart from the election can be cited. The money covered the $130,000 payment to Daniels plus costs and fees, a bonus for Cohen, and money to cover his tax liability.

The White House said it's up to Trump's outside lawyers to deal with much of the news.

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