Donald Trump's finance chief Allen Weisselberg given immunity in Cohen probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is sticking his hand out and asking the public for help to pay his legal defense, and one anonymous donor has already ponied up $50,000.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office has opened an investigation and is considering pursuing criminal charges against the Trump Organization, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to CBS News' Pat Milton on Friday.

Weisselberg got his start in the family business by working as an accountant for Trump's father and real estate magnate Fred Trump in the 1970s.

The revelation of Weisselberg's cooperation in the Cohen probe marks the latest member of Trump's inner circle to secure immunity in exchange for information about the longtime fixer for the president.

"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.

Weisselberg forwarded Cohen's invoice to another unidentified Trump Organization executive, "and it was approved, " prosecutors wrote.

When he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to eight criminal counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud and bank fraud, Cohen admitted he paid Daniels the hush money during the 2016 campaign.

Weisselberg was given immunity months ago, one of the people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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In a separate development, the NY attorney general is moving to open a state criminal tax investigation into Cohen.

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

Trump has repeatedly denied the affairs.

Fein said that with Weisselberg being granted immunity, it is possible that the president himself could be incriminated "in an income tax crime".

But Cohen seems to have been a very busy boy, with legal documents released Tuesday showing that he made a $US50,000 ($68,560) payment to an unidentified "technology company during and in connection with the campaign", per CNBC.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general declined to comment. Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, has said Cohen has information "that would be of interest" to the special counsel.

The White House official insisted that West Wing staffers continue to keep their heads down and do their jobs. In April, Trump denied he knew anything about the Daniels payment. Trump had previously said that for Mueller to investigate his businesses would be a "red line". It followed days of intense domestic pressure and negative headlines. Nunberg specifically cautioned against his making any speedy moves. "I've spoken with Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up", Cohen is heard saying on the tape.