Michael Cohen prosecutors granted immunity to publisher David Pecker

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Yet through it all, President Donald Trump has learned he can count on the unwavering support of Republican leaders. Through triumphs, scandals and bankruptcies, he was there.

Weisselberg has been a Trump confidant who started working for his family in the early 1970s. Mr. Trump has been insistent that he had nothing to do with the payments and learned of them only after they were made. And he was there when Trump transformed the business around his TV celebrity in the new millennium and went on a global licensing spree.

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.

Jerry George, a former National Enquirer bureau chief, outlined the damaging stories about President Donald Trump that he says are locked away at the tabloid magazine's vault.

Weisselberg was called to testify before a federal grand jury earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal said.

For Manafort, he expressed respect for a "brave man" who "refused to "break" and he made it clear that he regarded Manafort's prosecution as part of the "witch hunt" he has incessantly complained about.

He owes at least 1.4 million dollars (£1.09 million) to the Internal Revenue Service after pleading guilty on Tuesday to tax evasion, campaign finance violations and bank fraud, and has racked up millions of dollars in debt.

He said Trump directed him to arrange the payments.

Federal prosecutors have also granted immunity to two executives at the National Enquirer tabloid for testimony about Trump's involvement in the two payments, United States media reported on Thursday. AP has reported that he kept a safe of such stories and payments regarding Trump.

An attorney for Cohen didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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In Manhattan, Vance's office is weighing whether to investigate the company and the individuals for possible books and records violations, one of the people said. "I've spoken with Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up", Cohen is heard saying on the tape.

A person familiar with the Trump Organization said Cohen explained the $130,000 expense as a settlement "of a personal nature".

Weisselberg then forwarded that e-mail to another employee, writing: "Please pay from the Trust". Just because the Weisselberg and the sons were given control, that does not preclude others from handling the business.

That's what President Trump's lawyer @RudyGiuliani told @jamesmatthewsky.

It doesn't matter what I thought.

DA's consideration of pursuing charges against the Trump Organization was first reported by the New York Times. "If anything, it's turned very much in the president's favor".

The executives are company CEO David Pecker, a longtime Trump friend, and Dylan Howard. Even Vice President Mike Pence would be removed from office under an "annulment" of the Trump election win and subsequent term in the White House.

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

Despite his relatively low profile, Weisselberg did appear on one episode in the second season of Mr. Trump's "The Apprentice".

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