The longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was given immunity by federal prosecutors in New York during the course of the Michael Cohen investigation, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
The news was first reported Friday by The Wall Street Journal.
Weisselberg is "Executive 1" on page 17 of the criminal information filed by prosecutors in the Michael Cohen case, a person with knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
According to prosecutors, Cohen sent an invoice to Executive 1, meaning Weisselberg, for "Payment for services rendered for the month of January and February, 2017," a payment that was really meant to reimburse Cohen for a payment to Stormy Daniels.
Weisselberg then sent the invoice to another Trump Organization executive via e-mail directing him to "Please pay from the Trust. Post to legal expenses. Put 'retainer for the months of January and February 2017' in the description."Again, this investigation is being conducted not by the Mueller team, but by Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, who've been moving aggressively (see Michael Cohen, David Pecker) on the Trump crime family. Between this and the parallel investigation by New York State's Manhattan District Attorney (see post below), the heat on the Trump crime family has gone up significantly in a matter of days.