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Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Cohen, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organisation's chief financial officer, was said to have met with prosecutors weeks ago after being ordered to appear before a grand jury.

He said in court that Trump directed him to arrange the payments.

News of Weisselberg's immunity deal followed reporting on Thursday that David Pecker and Dylan Howard, two top executives at American Media Inc.

Cohen, the former lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, received $130,000 from Trump Organization, which the company recorded as a legal expense, according to the report, which cited two officials with knowledge of the matter. The charging documents that were filed this week lay out in a little bit more detail - although they don't name Weisselberg - how the Trump organization went about paying Mr. Cohen back for paying the porn star in the first place. But now that a guilty plea by the president's ex-lawyer has implicated the Trump Organization, federal, state and local prosecutors are circling.

It is unclear whether Mr Weisselberg discussed Mr Trump, who Mr Cohen claimed had directed him to make the payments - effectively accusing the USA president of being a co-conspirator in a crime.

US President Donald Trump's account of his knowledge of payments to an adult film actress and a former Playboy model has shifted. "They came from me", Mr. Trump said during a Fox News interview.

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"Mr. Weisselberg is a bookkeeper who simply carries out directions from others about monetary payments and transfers, " he said.

It is also the latest sign that Cohen is broke.

"This is bad for Trump because the more witnesses you have, in terms of people who can testify, not just about what happened but why it happened, the more likely it is for the prosecution to establish the motive behind Trump's participating in this deal", said Jens Ohlin, a professor at Cornell Law School. Cohen refers to Weisselberg on the audio excerpt released publicly last month.

A NY state case against the Trump Organization could add to the president's worries because his pardon power does not apply to businesses or individuals convicted of state crimes.

Last March, in response to a letter from a group of House Democrats about the Daniels and McDougal payments, American Media general counsel Cameron Stracher declined to provide any documents, writing that the company was "exempt" from USA campaign finance laws because it is a news publisher and it was "confident" it had complied with all tax laws.

The president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, responded on Tuesday to Cohen's guilty plea by saying, "There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the government's charges against Mr. Cohen", adding that "Mr. Cohen's actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time". Will we see even so much as a single congressional inquiry into the payments Cohen swears he made on Trump's behalf?

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