The New York state tax authorities claimed that the Donald J. Trump Foundation would meet Tuesday with a lawyer for Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, and alarmed federal authorities seeking to request Cohen's help in his own case.
Tax authorities, part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration, cited Cohen last month after pleading guilty to eight counts in a criminal case prosecuted by the Southern District of New York.
The interview posed a possible intrusion to federal authorities eager to secure Cohen's cooperation on a variety of potential issues, including the Russian investigation.
"This is a clear interference with an ongoing criminal investigation," complained a law enforcement officer to CNN, which reported the story.
Longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts in August
The Federals are eager to avoid any overlap with state or local jurisdictions, as they pursue a series of complex cases in which Cohen may have information.
During Cohen's investigation, an FBI raid on his home and office revealed that he had Trump recordings discussing a payment to a former Playboy model.
Meanwhile, federal authorities continue to investigate whether executives of the Trump organization, in addition to Cohen, broke campaign finance laws.
Bloomberg News reported that federal authorities were still following the line of investigation, even after Cohen's guilty plea.
Federal authorities are eager to secure Cohen's cooperation on a variety of potential issues
The governor of New York Andrew Cuomo
Last month it was revealed that the director of operations of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, received limited immunity for his testimony.
Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign financing infractions, but also said he was "directed" to make payments related to the plan.
They included a $ 130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and a $ 150,000 payment that American Media Inc. made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The person who directed it to make the payment was Trump.
Federal officials of the United States Attorney released their views to the Manhattan D.A. office, according to the CNN report.