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Trump Org officials probed for campaign finance violations: report
Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether officials in the Trump Organization violated campaign finance laws, a probe that follows a guilty plea secured last month for former longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Bloomberg News reports that federal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking at current members of the company to determine whether other employees of the Trump Organization were involved in Cohen's payments to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump.
Cohen admitted to campaign finance violations as part of his guilty plea last month, and a source close to the investigation told Bloomberg that federal prosecutors are looking at whether other top officials in the company were involved as well.
Among those already cooperating with the probe is Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, who has been granted limited immunity in the investigation, according to reports last month.
A source told Bloomberg that Weisselberg has narrowly cooperated with authorities regarding details of Cohen's payments.
Weisselberg and the Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment from the news service for the story.
Cohen admitted in federal court last month that he committed the campaign finance violation "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," alluding to President Trump.
The lawyer is set to be sentenced later this year. Trump and the White House have denied any wrongdoing by the president, and have attacked Cohen's credibility in the weeks after his plea agreement was made public.
The president also suggested last month that "flipping," or cooperating with prosecutors as part of a plea agreement, "ought to be illegal."