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Prosecutors grant immunity to longtime Trump finance chief


New York : US President Donald Trump’s finance chief, a confidant who has worked for the family’s real estate business since the early 1970s, was granted immunity in the federal probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, two people with knowledge of the situation has told The Associated Press.

The immunity granted to the Trump Organisation’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, was restricted to his grand jury testimony last month in the Cohen case, specifically the allegations that Cohen paid hush money to two women who claimed affairs with Trump, according to one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to discuss the matter publicly.

The deal for the 71-year-old Weisselberg, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, is seen as a major development since he’s likely to have knowledge of every major personal and business deal Trump has been involved in since his career as a real estate mogul began.

Cohen pleaded guilty to tax and campaign finance violations on Tuesday. And while not named in the Cohen case, Weisselberg is believed to be one of two Trump executives mentioned in the suit who reimbursed Cohen and falsely recorded the payments as legal expenses.

Trump abruptly calls off Secretary’s visit to N Korea

President Donald Trump has abruptly called off a planned visit next week by Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo to North Korea, citing insufficient progress on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the lack of support from China for the process due to trade tensions.   Trump’s decision to call off the visit came just a day after Pompeo had announced that the newly appointed special representative for North Korea Steve Biegun and he will be traveling to North Korea next week to “make further diplomatic progress towards our objective.”

“I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump tweeted.