Dershowitz: 'Biggest Crime' to Prosecutors Is Trump Associations

Glen Norman
August 28, 2018

Donald Trump's longtime financial gatekeeper has been granted immunity in a federal probe involving U.S. president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to media reports in the United States.

The Trump Organization's Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg, was reportedly granted legal immunity in the investigation of Michael Cohen.

Between Aug. 18 and Aug. 22 - the day after the news involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen - the president's approval rating stood at 46 percent approve, 51 percent disapprove.

"This is the time he knows he's going to jail, and he feels liberated that he can finally speak his mind about his concerns about Donald Trump without a criminal lawyer telling him to "be quiet" because 'you'll upset the prosecutors, '" he said.

The Daniels payment was charged as an excessive personal contribution and the National Enquirer money was charged as an unlawful corporate contribution, both "for the principle goal of influencing the election", Cohen said in court.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Bruce Fein, a former top United States prosecutor, described the reports as significant amid questions over the culpability of Trump's business in the payoff scheme, which Cohen had pleaded guilty to.

"In the age of 24/7 news, it's a hopeless quest to expect people to know what they're talking about", Lubet added, jokingly.

Earlier in August, Davis said his client, Michael Cohen, had information linking Trump to the hacks.

Davis also is hedging suggestions he made on television last week that Cohen could tell special prosecutor Robert Mueller about whether Trump was aware of and encouraged Russian hacking during the 2016 campaign before it became publicly known.

It's not that Democrats would never try to impeach President Donald Trump.

There are also indications that Trump's first line of defence among Republican congressmen is beginning to weaken.

"They are the comments of a man who has no respect for the law", said Allan Lichtman, a political historian who teaches at American University. Gonzales said that while Trump is entitled to speak his mind, his apparent sympathy for Manafort puts him at odds with his own Justice Department. He told Fox News in an interview aired Thursday that he knew about payments "later on".

But Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi said that unless other information emerges, impeaching Trump is "not a priority" for Democrats if they regain control of the House this fall.

Asked about what he thought of a last-minute order by Trump to catch a flight to Iowa to tend to some business during the campaign, Weisselberg said in one deposition that "it doesn't matter what I thought".

"Are you a hero?" a television reporter shouted at Michael Cohen as he left his NY apartment last week.

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