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Federal Prosecutors Eye Trump Organization Executives: NYT

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have shifted their attention to high-ranking members of the Trump Organization after President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, according to a Sunday report from the New York Times. Prosecutors are reportedly working to determine who else knew about payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that Cohen said were made at the behest of Trump shortly before the 2016 election. Both of the women have claimed to have had affairs with Trump. The investigation has reportedly centered on chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, who Cohen claims participated in discussions about the payments. Cohen has also claimed he made the payments “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump, who flatly denies that allegation. Sources told the Times that after the 2016 election, Weisselberg was responsible for reimbursing Cohen for the $130,000 of his personal money he paid to Stormy Daniels. The Times notes, however, that there is no direct evidence of wrongdoing by Weisselberg, or other members of the Trump Organization.