Donald Trump has always demanded loyalty from his employees and volunteers, even to the point of making them sign confidentiality agreements. It seems he has been able to engender a deep sense of loyalty among many people, even to their detriment, even as that loyalty was not returned. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), who heads the House Intelligence Committee he is one of those people. The president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen was another, until he flipped. Now, another top Trump employee is flipping, too.
The president gave an interview with Fox News where he tried to convince viewers that giving states’ evidence was wrong and should “be illegal,” even though it is a vital tool for prosecutors and investigators. POTUS said:
‘It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal. I know all about flipping — 30, 40 years I have been watching flippers. Everything is wonderful and then they get 10 years in jail and they flip on whoever the next highest one is or as high as you can go.’
Allen Weisselberg is the chief financial officer (CFO) for Trump Organization Inc., and he received immunity from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). Now, a second employee has been in discussions about immunity with the SDNY.
That person’s identity has not been released yet, because the SDNY did not offer the person immunity. In addition, the employee was not asked to testify before the grand jury.
Weisselberg received immunity, because he was corroborating Cohen’s information. Prosecutors were particularly interested in the hush money payments Cohen made to women who had sexual relations with Trump. Those payments occurred just weeks between the release of Trump’s “locker room talk” on Access Hollywood’s tape and the actual 2016 election.
Another person whom prosecutors have granted immunity was David Pecker, the CEO of American Media, Inc., which publishes the tabloid, The National Enquirer. Pecker has been a longtime Trump friend. He also kept a safe filled with documents and tapes about POTUS and other celebrities.
The CEO worked with Cohen to divert stories that might be negative about the presidential candidate. Pecker paid former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal $150,000 for her story. She had a nearly year-long affair with Trump while his son was an infant. Then, he did a catch-and-kill, which meant he paid for the story and then killed it.
Court papers show that the Trump Organization executives were in the midst of Cohen’s work, which they knew was not really legal. That also included a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford. She had a one-time sexual encounter with the candidate. Both Daniels and McDougal said that the sex was consensual.
Cohen pled guilty to eight criminal counts. However, his plea deal did not include a cooperation agreement.
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