The Wall Street Journal is reporting that longtime Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg was granted immunity by federal prosecutors in the investigation in President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen.
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal charges earlier this week, including counts related to campaign finance violations. The ex-Trump lawyer implicated Trump directly in the hush payments made to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign, stating that they were done to directly influence the election.
Per the WSJ report:
Mr. Weisselberg was called to testify before a federal grand jury in the investigation earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.
The decision by prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office to grant immunity to Mr. Weisselberg escalates the pressure on Mr. Trump, whom Mr. Weisselberg has served for decades as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. After Mr. Trump was elected, he handed control of his financial assets and business interests to his two adult sons and Mr. Weisselberg.
Neither Weisselberg or lawyers from Trump immediately responded to the Journal when asked to comment.
This is a developing story.