NY probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump, Dershowitz says

Tabloid exec granted immunity in Trump hush-money probe

Tabloid exec granted immunity in Trump hush-money probe

Donald Trump's long-time financial gatekeeper took immunity to discuss what he knew about payments to the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, numerous United States media outlets reported on Friday.

Cohen - who arranged hush-money payments shortly before the November 2016 US presidential election to at least two women who said they had had sex with Trump - pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign finance violations and other charges.

The problem with this stance is that the story the far-left CNN is standing by has a headline that reads, "Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting".

He added that it might be helpful for Trump to at least answer written questions from Mueller in the Russian Federation probe, even if he declines to provide oral testimony.

Federal ethics rules frown on lawyers making comments meant to prejudice a jury or engaging in fraud or dishonesty, but legal ethics expert Steven Lubet said there's no boundary crossed by an inaccurate public statement.

Convicted felon Paul Manafort attempted to cut a plea deal with federal prosecutors over his upcoming trial in Washington, D.C. on charges of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements, but special counsel Robert Mueller was no longer interested.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brushed past reporters Wednesday without answering questions about Cohen or the possibility that the lawyer's accusations about an illegal campaign cover-up are grounds for impeachment proceedings against Trump. "I think we're going to have to look at that evidence in its totality as we learn and we get a report ultimately from Bob Mueller about what the consequences of all that are".

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The low-profile executive was thrust into the headlines last month, when Cohen attorney Lanny Davis released a secret recording Cohen made of a September 2016 conversation with then-candidate Trump.

"Michael Cohen's attorney clarified the record, saying his client does not know if President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting (out of which came nothing!)".

Or it could be Trump's lawyer's own testimony that the president conspired to commit campaign fraud by secretly paying off his former mistress, Stormy Daniels.

Among the expenses for which he was seeking reimbursement: $130,000 that he paid to Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. "And they're looking very, very hard", Dershowitz said.

"I think he has constitutional defenses to the investigation being conducted by Mueller", Dershowitz said. Last Thursday evening, the person said, dozens of staffers gathered on chief of staff John Kelly's porch to celebrate the recent birthdays of press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

His situation in NY differs, however, and continues to deepen.

"Don't fire, don't pardon, don't tweet, and don't testify", he said.

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