Trump executive granted immunity in Cohen inquiry

National Enquirer publisher gave prosecutors in Cohen trial information in return for immunity

National Enquirer publisher gave prosecutors in Cohen trial information in return for immunity

In a serious blow, Cohen, Mr Trump's personal lawyer for more than a decade, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to eight criminal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

A chief focus for investigators was Cohen's role in making payments during Trump's campaign to women who claimed they had sex with Trump, and whether campaign finance laws were violated.

Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis says Trump ordered his client to make hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them quiet about alleged affairs, which he argues makes the president similarly guilty of a felony.

Trump's base will remain faithful to him to the bitter end, but the people who really matter are turning against him, and it doesn't bode well for his political survival.

On Twitter the American leader quoted a report of Fox News channel, which says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation examined only 3 thousand 675 thousand, or less than 1% of email Clinton.

The response sparked new speculation that Trump might fire Sessions, although some senior Republican lawmakers offered the attorney general support. With Cohen's involvement, the publication began questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace and American citizenship in print, an effort that Trump promoted for several years, former staffers said.

The Times report notes that the Manhattan DA's inquiry is still in its early stages, and prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will proceed.

The news comes a day after it surfaced that David Pecker, chairman of the company that owns the National Enquirer and a longtime friend of President Trump, and American Media Inc. chief content officer Dylan Howard were also granted immunity to tell prosecutors what they know.

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.

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".

Trump was not mentioned by name in United States District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday but Cohen told a judge the payments to the two women were "at the direction of the candidate, ' and 'for the principal objective of influencing the election" for president in 2016.

The Cohen investigation was referred to federal prosecutors in NY by US special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible co-ordination between Trump's Republican campaign and Russian officials. "He's sitting behind the Resolute Desk and he can push a button and get a Coke but he can't control Michael Cohen".

"Big story out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ignored tens of thousands of Crooked Hillary Emails, many of which are REALLY BAD", Trump tweeted.

Second, Trump can cure the injustice stemming from the one-sided probe by declassifying documents the Justice Department is hiding from Congress and the public.

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